ACB searches home, office of ex-MoS in Rs 23-lakh graft case

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Nov 03, 2014 17:21 IST

The anti-corruption bureau (ACB) conducted searches at the bungalow and office of a former revenue minister of state (MoS) on Saturday.

The search warrant was issued after his name surfaced in a Rs 23-lakh graft case, in which three people, including a section official of the revenue department, were arrested on Tuesday.

ACB officers have seized several documents from the residence and office for further investigations.

“A search warrant was acquired from a special court for conducting searches at the bungalow in Cuffe Parade and the office. The ACB found four order copies from the MoS, several photocopies of it, and one file from the cooperation department. All the documents have been seized,” read an ACB statement.

On Tuesday, Sanjay Suradkar, who works for the revenue department as a section officer, was arrested by the ACB, along with two individuals, identified as Vaibhav Andhale and Devidas Dahiphule.

According to ACB, the complainant is a real estate agent and had the power of attorney for an 18-acre plot in Pune. After a hearing in the presence of the MoS, he had acquired possession rights for the plot. Andhale had asked for a bribe to get the possession order passed.

Andhale allegedly took Rs 23 lakh as bribe, of which he gave Rs 1 lakh to Suradkar and Rs 50,000 to Dahiphule, for their help. Andhale allegedly picked up the file necessary to get the order passed from the residence of the MoS.

The ACB said there was no reason for the file to be at the minister’s residence, as the state had been under President’s Rule before the new government was formed. Under the President’s Rule, all administrative files had to be submitted to the Mantralaya.

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