In yet another attempt to come down heavily on corrupt officials in the education department, Indore Lokayukta on Wednesday trapped a Sankul principal while he was taking a bribe from a primary school assistant teacher.
According to Indore Lokayukta officials, Mohanlal Malviya, principal of an Urdu school in Bakshi Bagh, was caught while taking a bribe of Rs 10,000 from the complainant Narendra Lathi, a teacher at a primary school in Ahilya Palton.
This is the third incident within three days when officials directly or indirectly associated with the education department have been trapped by the Lokayukta in western Madhya Pradesh.
Indore Lokayukta deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Daulat Singh said Narendra Lathi, an assistant teacher at the primary school in Ahilya Palton, Indore, lodged a complaint against Malviya.
In his complaint, Lathi claimed that Malviya demanded Rs 10,000 from him to clear an arrear of Rs 2 lakh.
The police have registered a case against Malviya under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Indore and Ujjain Lokayukta police have caught four education department officials while they were taking bribes in different parts of western Madhya Pradesh in the last 25 days.
On Tuesday, Ujjain Lokayukta trapped woman and child development officer Anshubala Masih while he was taking a bribe of Rs 50,000 in Mandsaur. Masih had demanded bribe from Radha Bhambhoriya, who runs a self-help group in the village, for clearing her due of Rs 1.5 lakh from the department.
On Monday, Indore Lokayukta had caught a Dondwa government school principal while he was accepting a bribe of Rs 1,000 from a contractual teacher in Khargone district.
DSP Singh said immediate action would be taken against these officials and the department would work to build confidence among the complainants and general public.
He said anyone could approach the department to file complaints of graft without any hesitation.
Past graft incidents
MARCH 21: Indore Lokayukta caught a block education officer and a teacher posted at a government school while he was taking a bribe of Rs 25,000 from a retired assistant teacher in Dharampuri village of Dhar district.
APRIL 13: Indore Lokayukta caught a government school principal while he was taking a bribe of Rs 1,000 from a contractual teacher at Dondwa village in Khargone district.
APRIL 14: Ujjain Lokayukta caught woman and child development officer Anshubala Masih while he was taking a bribe of Rs 50,000.