The State Vigilance Bureau arrested four government officials, including a Civil Surgeon and a junior engineer, from different places in the State on bribery charges. More than 40 government employees have been booked on corruption charges during the last 11 months.
The Civil Surgeon of Saharsa, Md Jamaluddin, was caught red-handed by Bureau sleuths as he accepted a bribe of Rs 20,000 from Triveni Singh, chairman of the ‘Manorama Memorial Trust’ which the Government has engaged for maintenance and upkeep of the Sadar Hospital, in lieu of dues.
Jamaluddin was arrested at his official residence while accepting the bribe as Singh had informed the Bureau earlier about the doctor’s demand. A search of the office and residence of the Civil Surgeon that followed his arrest, resulted in the recovery of another Rs 80,000 which was ‘unaccounted’ for, sources said.
Later, assisted by the local police, the Vigilance Bureau team raided the clinic-cum-residence of the Civil Surgeon at Samastipur. During a search of his Samastipur clinic-cum-residence, Bureau officials seized xerox copies of National Savings Certificates (NSC) worth Rs 5 lakh, a Sahara certificate of Rs 10 lakh and papers of other investments worth Rs 30 lakh that had been kept in 17 bank accounts.
Bureau officials are engaged in making an assessment of Md Jamaluddin’s property at his ancestral house at Bheriharma village in East Champaran. The value of the palatial building and a lodge owned by the Civil Surgeon at Motihari was estimated to be worth Rs 1.5 crore, sources said.
In another operation, Md Jakaria and Vishwanath Sharma, a junior engineer and section assistant of the Bihar State Electricity Board, respectively, were caught red-handed in Bhojpur district while taking Rs 2300 as bribe from one Ravindra Kumar, for a new power connection. The duo was arrested on the directive of Inspector General, Vigilance Cell (Energy), R C Sinha.
In another trap laid by Bureau sleuths, a Sub-Inspector posted at Rupaspur police station in Patna, Ashtam Paswan, was arrested while taking a bribe of Rs 1050 from one Arjun Mistri on police station premises. Mistri, a resident of Rupaspur, had lodged a complaint with the Bureau’s Patna office that Paswan was demanding a huge amount as bribe to delete his son, Rajesh Kumar’s name from a case.
Additional Director General, Vigilance, Neelmani said all the four persons arrested on corruption charges were being brought to the Bureau office in Patna for interrogation.
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