Two clean-up marshals from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) were caught by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Thursday, while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 500 from a coaching class teacher from Dadar.
The ACB said Sarathi Education, a private tutorial in Dadar, had put up its advertisement banner opposite Mahatma Phule College at Bhoiwada.
BMC clean-up marshals Santosh Khatkar and Sandeep Ghevde spotted the banner and contacted a teacher from the tutorial.
They said that the banner was put up in violation of the civic rules as it was hanging from a tree and allegedly demanded a fine of Rs 5,000.
When the coaching class teacher said he could not pay the amount, the duo allegedly brought the amount to Rs 4,000 to hush up the matter by not registering an official complaint.
The amount was finally bargained to Rs 1,500 and the teacher gave them Rs 1,000 as the first instalment.
On Tuesday, Sandeep called the teacher up, reminding him to pay the remaining Rs 500. The teacher then approached the ACB.
On the ACB’s advice, the teacher asked Khatvar and Gevde to come and collect the remaining money at the coaching class on Thursday.
When they were taking the bribe amount, the ACB sleuths caught them.