The anti-corruption bureau (ACB) on Thursday caught three government servants for accepting a bribe of Rs12,000 — all notes were of the scrapped Rs500 denomination.
The accused were identified as Pandurang Sanap, 55, deputy superintendent, Chandrakishor Ragade, 46, shirastedar, and Bhagirath Chavan, 35, a clerk from the land-records department in Nashik.
“The land department has measured the complainant’s land measuring 2.63 hectares. After the measurement, the complainant approached them to seek the map of the land to which the accused demanded a bribe of Rs15,000. The amount was lowered down to Rs12, 000,” said an ACB officer. The complainant approached the ACB after which a trap was laid.
In another case in Nashik on Wednesday, one Devidas Pawar, an assistant engineer with a panchayat, was caught accepting Rs 60,000 for facilitating concretisation of a village road. “Pawar even asked the complainant if the notes were old or new to which the latter told him that they were old. He still accepted them.” said an ACB officer privy to the investigation.
Similarly on Thursday, the Pune range of ACB arrested Manik Ghogare, 48, an extension officer with panchayat in Junnar, Pune, for accepting a bribe of Rs3,000 for releasing the final installment of a housing welfare scheme. The accused accepted notes of Rs100 denomination.