In one of the biggest catch of this year the district education officer Kishore Shinde was caught taking a bribe of rupees twenty thousand cash by Indore Lokayukta team on Monday.
Caught by the team headed by BS Parihar, the entire investigation was held after the complaint of Mohan Vaishnav, who runs a public school under the name Vaishnav Bal Mandir at Jagjivan Nagar in Indore. Vaishnav had stated in his complaint to Lokayukta team that Shinde has been demanding a bribe of Rs 50,000 to give him a clean chit in a case whose investigation was to be carried forward by Shinde.
Speaking to HT, Lokayukta officer BS Parihar said, “Vaishnav had come to us stating that he has already given a bribe of thirty thousand rupees to Shinde in the last two months, but a sum of twenty thousand rupees has been requested by him again.”
The money was requested by Shinde to give Vaishnav a clean chit in a case wherein a student from Vaishnav Bal Mandir had alleged that he was beaten by Mohan Vaishnav. This case was presented before collector P Narhari in a public hearing. The collector had then made Shinde in-charge of the case. However, Shinde soon started aiming at a settlement in the case by asking for a bribe.
On Monday, Vaishnav went to Shinde’s house accompanied by Lokayukta officer Yuvraj Singh Chauhan. As soon as Shinde accepted the bribe of twenty thousand rupees he was caught by the team which served as a witness to the entire case. Registering a case against Shinde for taking a bribe under the prevention of corruption act 1988 the team will present him before the court once all documents are filed by the Lokayukta team.
Jokes on social media
Caught taking bribe by the lokayukta team, the arrest of DEO Kishore Shinde evoked a large amount of humour on social media. Especially amongst people from the education circle. “He would never give a quick response on anything. We had gone to him so many times requesting for an involvement in the private schools fees case. But he would hardly move an inch on our complaint. The arrest does explain most of the issues we had with him,” said Anurodh Jain, chairman of Indore Parents Association.