Panchayat chief held on graft charges

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Solan
  • Updated: Sep 15, 2014 19:10 IST

Sleuths of state vigilance and anti-corruption bureau (ACB) arrested chief of gram panchayat Jabli of development block Dharampur red-handed while allegedly accepting a bribe of `10, 000 on the Kalka-Shimla National Highway on Monday afternoon.

Additional superintendent of police (vigilance and ACB) Susheel Sharma said following a receipt of complaint, a special team was constituted to execute the operation that laid a trap to nab the alleged accused Ganesh Dutt Attri.

Sharma said shortly after Attri accepted the bribe money, the team members arrested him and recovered the cash from his possession.

“The accused has allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 10,000 from the complainant, in lieu of releasing a cheque. The accused has allegedly declined to release the cheque of Rs 75,000 without the bribe money. After this, the complainant filed a complaint with the vigilance,” added the ASP.

Sharma said that a special team had also been constituted to seal the bank accounts of the accused and his family members. Besides, assessment of his property would also be made.

Meanwhile, the vigilance also registered a case against Attri and his family members after they tried to manhandle the vigilance and ACB team and also obstructed the public servants in discharging their duties.

A case under the Prevention of Corruption Act was registered against them.

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