An executive engineer with the Public Works Department (PWD), posted in Panvel, was held for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 73,000 Friday. According to Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB), Bhudesh Rangari (58), had allegedly demanded the bribe to clear the bills of a contractor who had outstanding bills of Rs. 3.77 lakh with the PWD.
“When the complainant went to have the bills cleared, Rangari asked to be paid 20% of the amount, Rs. 73,000, to do so,” said Sunil
Kalgutkar, deputy superintendent of police, Raigad, ACB. The contractor, however, lodged a complaint with the ACB and a trap was laid at Rangari’s office. “On Friday, Rangari was carrying Rs 1.15 lakh in cash. He could not explain why he was in possession of the money,” he said.
Kalgutkar added that Rangari had been taking bribes for several years and gradually increased his share as his retirement drew closer. He has been remanded to police custody till November 6.