MP: Municipal council chief trapped taking bribe of Rs 10 lakh

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Oct 31, 2015 22:30 IST
Lokayukta police, Indore caught Sanawad municipal council chairman while he was accepting bribe of Rs 10 lakh at Indore’s Jaora compound on Saturday. (HT photo)

Lokayukta police, Indore caught Sanawad municipal council chairman red-handed while he was accepting bribe of Rs 10 lakh from a complainant here at Indore’s Jaora compound.

The Lokayukta police acting on a complaint filed by a coloniser Praveen Solanki arrested chairman Narendra Sharma with bribe amount, said Lokayukta DSP GD Sharma who led the team.

Sharma led the team for one last time as he retired from his services on Saturday.

Speaking to Hindustan Times, Indore Lokayukta superintendent Arun Mishra said that recently they had received a complaint from coloniser Solanki who hails from Sanawad town of Khargone district claiming he wanted to construct a complex on 10,000 square feet plot at Narmada Vihar Colony.

Solanki added that Sharma intentionally creating problem for his project despite he had clearance from all concerned departments and completed all formalities from town and country, municipal council and others.

Sharma asked him to pay bribe of Rs 25 lakh and get clearance from him. Even, Sharma formed four-member panel to keep tab on Solanki’s project.

On Saturday, Sharma had called Solanki with first instalment of Rs 10 lakh at Indore’s Jaora Compound situated joint director, urban administration officer where Lokayukta sleuths arrested him with bribe money.

Case has been registered against Sharma under relevant section of prevention of corruption act and investigation is on.

So far this is the biggest graft case in the state, particularly in Western Madhya Pradesh.

Earlier on September 17, this year Ujjain lokayukta police caught Ratlam district’s Chief Health and Medical Officer (CHMO) Dr Pushpendra Sharma while allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 3 lakh from a ‘dresser’ posted in Bedhda Health Centre for settling a case against him.

Sharma elected from Congress ticket

In December 2014 local body elections, Narendra Sharma contested on Congress ticket against BJP candidate Ramcharan Kushwah in which he emerged winner by margin of more than 5300 votes.

When contacted Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee president Arun Yadav to get his comment on the incident, Congress leader said, “He can’t comment on the issue, since he is currently on tour to Mandsaur and Neemuch and had very little information about the case and could able to comment only after getting all the information”.

Meanwhile, some of Congress party leaders and supporters from Sendhwa allege that Sharma was falsely implicated in the case as Solanki close to local BJP MLA and was asking for permission for illegal construction.

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