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Tribhuvan sent to two-day police custody

Special Judge P R Bora on Tuesday granted two-day police custody to Manohar Bhagaji Tribhuvan...

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
June 10, 2009 3:55:44 am

Special Judge P R Bora on Tuesday granted two-day police custody to Manohar Bhagaji Tribhuvan (54),additional commissioner (election and inspection) of the State Co-operatives department. He was nabbed by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Monday evening while accepting a kickback of Rs 1.5 lakh from a chartered accountant on the divisional audit panel of the state government. According to remand report filed by the ACB,Jaywant Baburao Chavan (65),a chartered accountant on the audit panel of the of the state government,a resident of Sadar Bazaar in Satara,runs ‘Jayant B Chavan and Associates’,a chartered accountancy firm.

Every year the state co-operatives department allots auditing work of various co-operative banks and credit societies to chartered accountants. Similarly,the co-operatives department on May 14 allotted Chavan the auditing work of Jankalyan Co – operative Credit society in Karad.

After granting the contract,Tribhuvan demanded a kickback of Rs 2.7 lakh from the Rs 9 lakh that Chavan will get as fees for auditing work.

He threatened Chavan that if he did not pay,he had the powers to suspend his contract. Following which Chavan lodged a complaint with the ACB.

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Public Prosecutor Ujjwala Pawar argued that the ACB sleuths during investigations found out Tribhuvan owned property worth Rs 34 lakh and also owns a house in Nasik,which the ACB has sealed. She argued that it is possible that Tribhuvan would have accepted kickbacks from many,as he had the powers of appointing or terminating any auditor’s services.

Defence counsels for the accused,advocate Sudheer Shah and advocate Pratap Pardeshi argued that Chavan was on the divisional audit panel of the state government for the past three years and this was not the first time that he was allotting work. Also,if Tribhuvan had to demand bribe,he would have done so before issuing him the auditing work.

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First published on: 10-06-2009 at 03:55:44 am

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