The Superintendent and deputy superintendent of Arthur Road Jail were arrested late on Wednesday night by Maharashtra Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) for allegedly accepting a bribe from a prison officer in lieu of granting him a better score in a departmental exam.
ACB officers said the officer had appeared for a prison manual exam on March 25 and Superintendent of Police Vasudav Burkule, Arthur Road Cental Prison, was correcting the papers.
“The officer has alleged that Deputy Superintendent of Police Pradeep Pathrikar told him that he had scored low marks. It is necessary to clear the exam to be eligible for a promotion. Pathrikar allegedly told him that his marks could be increased in exchange for Rs 40,000,” said Additional Commissioner of Police Vishwas Nangre-Patil.
The officer approached the ACB and as per instructions, met Burkule and Pathrikar on Wednesday at Burkule’s office, when Burkule allegedly demanded Rs 35,000 from him.
On Wednesday, Pathrikar allegedly accepted the money on Burkule’s behalf. ACB officers arrested both.
“A sum of Rs 40 lakh was recovered from his residence. We have also found 75 tolas of gold in a bank locker,” Nangre-Patil added.