EVEN as an inquiry is pending into the case against state deputy director of sports and youth affairs Manik Thosre, who was allegedly caught discussing bribes in a sting operation, the official has been sent on a compulsory leave. Confirming the development, Principal Secretary of Sports Department Nand Kumar said, “The inquiry is ongoing and will take time as we have to check the veracity of the video and the claims. However, pending the inquiry, the official has been asked to go on leave.”
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The Indian Express had reported last week how a video of the sting operation had gone viral, where Thosre was allegedly caught discussing bribe for getting appointments for various sports departments related postings in the state. In the video, circulated last week, and even played on local news channels, the official was seen seated in what appeared to be his home, allegedly discussing the bribe amount.
In the video, he was seen allegedly discussing amounts, such as Rs 20 lakh, to ensure an appointment of choice, and even proposed names of the districts where posts were vacant. At one time, the official allegedly even claimed to have spoken to “the minister” on the subject.
Meanwhile, sources said that, besides the current video, the officials probing the case are also looking into a few complaints of misconduct against Thosre. “A few weeks before the incident, an employee had lodged a complaint that the official had slapped him for not opening the gymnasium on time. A complaint was also given to senior officials about the incident and now all the complaints are coming under one inquiry,” said the source.