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BMC licence inspector caught ‘accepting’ Rs 40,000 from hawker

According to the ACB, accused Sachin Sankhe is employed at BMC’s H-West ward office in Bandra (West).

A licence inspector with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) was nabbed by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Tuesday for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 40,000 from a hawker.

According to the ACB, accused Sachin Sankhe is employed at BMC’s H-West ward office in Bandra (West). The complainant, who runs a bhel puri stall in Santacruz (West), had been allegedly abruptly issued a notice to shut his business last week, ACB said.

“The complainant used to work as a hawker, but due to poor healthe had to discontinue. He then applied for a licence to operate a stationary food stall in Santacruz and acquired it,” said a senior ACB officer.

The officer added that on February 5, Sankhe visited the complainant. “Sankhe issued a written notice to shut the stall and confiscated the licence. He told the complainant to meet him in his office the next day if he wanted to continue operating his stall,” the officer said.

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According to ACB officers, the complainant met Sankhe at his Bandra office on February 6, where Sankhe allegedly demanded Rs 50,000 to not cancel the licence and not initiate inquires against him. The complainant did not want to pay the bribe and contacted the ACB instead. The ACB laid a trap on Tuesday where Sankhe was allegedly caught accepting a renegotiated bribe of Rs 40,000 from the complainant.