Former Deputy Municipal commissioner, Vijay N Kalampatil, better known as the ‘Demolition Man’ for his successful drives against hawkers in Mumbai, was caught while accepting a bribe of Rs 2.5 lakh by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB), on Friday.
Patil, who is currently posted as joint chief officer in the Mumbai Building Repair and Reconstruction Board (MBRRB), a part of the Maharashtra Housing Area and Development Authority (MHADA), was caught red-handed in his office along with his sub-ordinate officer Vijay Petade, who works as a deputy community development officer.
A senior ACB official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told Hindustan Times that the officers were caught while accepting the first installment of the bribe of Rs 5 lakh from a developer engaged in a Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) project.
Searches were being conducted at the residence of both the officers at the time of going to the press.
According to the ACB official, Wadala-based Mayur Developers had bagged an SRA project at Sewri in 2000 and the slumdwellers were located in two transit camps at Sewri and Prateeksha Nagar.
As per rule, the developer has to pay rent for the transit camp (temporary shanties) to the MBRRB till the residents are relocated in the SRA buildings.
“The developer had paid the rent till 2008. However, from January 2009, he defaulted on the rent payments,” the ACB official said.
The Board slapped a notice on the developer, asking him to vacate the transit camp and pay the rent along with penalty, amounting to Rs 75 lakh.
Following receipt of the notice, the developer, identified as Feroz Sheikh, allegedly approached the board last month, seeking four months extension for vacating the transit camps.
“This is when Patil and his subordinate allegedly demanded Rs 5 lakh to allow the extension,” the ACB official said, quoting the FIR.
The builder then approached the ACB with the complaint and after verification, the anti-corruption sleuths chalked out a plan to trap the bribe-seeking officials.
When the developer handed over the first installment of Rs 2.5 lakh to Patil and Petade at their chamber at the MHADA building at Bandra (East), ACB sleuths in plain clothes caught them red handed, the ACB official added.