The State Vigilance Investigation Department on Thursday caught a fake peshkar, Ravindra Sinha, red handed while accepting bribe of Rs 3000 from a journalist of an Urdu daily from the office of the Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) in Bhagalpur.
Sinha had demanded Rs 5000 in lieu of a favourable order in a case under Section 144 of the CrPC against the journalist Ghulam Samnani at Nathnagar.
ADG (Vigilance) Neelmani said that Sinha had been working as the unofficial peshkar of executive magistrate Lakshman Ram in the office of the Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO), Bhagalpur for over ten years.
"We will now investigate the matter thoroughly to unravel his nexus. We have seized a number of files dealt by him," he added.
Maintaining that the Bureau had initial information that Sinha was a clerk, Neelmani said that Sinha had given several notings on the files and order sheets.
"We have gathered enough evidence against him. Now, we will look into his reach and those who were hand in glove with him at the SDO office," he added.
This was the 16th trap case of the Bureau, in which 20 persons have so far been arrested so far. Sinha will be brought to Patna and produced before the court on Friday.
Neelmani said Sinha had already accepted the first installment of Rs 500 from Samnani and was pestering him for more. Fed up with Sinha's demands, Samnani lodged a written complaint with the Bureau. Upon verification, the sleuths laid a trap and caught him while he was accepting the money.
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