April 8, 2015 2:38:55 am
The Maharashtra Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Tuesday arrested a professor of a Vasai-based college for allegedly accepting bribe from a student in exchange for signing his project. Officials said that instances of youngsters, including college students, approaching the ACB was a new trend that has recently been observed in the past few months.
According to ACB officers, the accused has been identified as Chandrakant Nagnath Vishwakarma (43), a professor with the Bhausaheb Vartak Polytechnic College in Vasai. ACB officials said that Vishwakarma allegedly demanded Rs 6,000 from the complainant, who is one of his students, in exchange for signing his project, which is a part of the annual examination conducted by the Maharashtra Technical Education Board.
The student paid Rs 4,000 to Vishwakarma and subsequently approached the ACB. Acting on the ACB’s instructions, the complainant contacted Vishwakarma and expressed willingness to pay the remaining amount.
“The complainant met Vishwakarma at the Majumdar Classes near the Vasai Railway station and handed over the money to him. As soon as he accepted the money, he was placed under arrest and was charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act,” said an ACB officer. Superintendent of Police Dattatray Karale, Thane range, ACB said that despite being a professor of a college run by a trust, Vishwakarma could be prosecuted under the PC Act, as the exams fall under the Maharashtra Technical Education Board.
Despite repeated attempts, P M Patidar, principal of the Bhausaheb Vartak Polytechnic College, could not be reached for comment.
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