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Civic official, policeman caught accepting bribe

mumbai Updated: Feb 23, 2010 01:16 IST
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An executive engineer with the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal corporation and a police sub-inspector of the Agripada police station were caught red-handed while accepting bribe.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials arrested Sunil Joshi,, executive engineer, in his office at Kalyan along with his driver Ranjit Kumar Gupta.

He was allegedly caught accepting bribe of Rs 5 lakh from a developer for issuing sanctions for the construction of a sports club at Kalyan.

The complainant, a medical professional and a developer, had been awarded the work of the construction of a sports complex at Adarwadi, Kalyan. The 28-acre plot was to be developed into the Kalyan Sports Club.

Under the deed for the contract awarded in 2004-05, the municipal corporation was obliged to approve plans for the project. Joshi allegedly refused to approve the plans unless his palms were greased. From 2006 onwards, the complainant allegedly paid Rs 60 lakh to Joshi. On February 10, the complainant had sought permission for the construction of a swimming pool in the complex. Joshi allegedly demanded Rs 60 lakh again — Rs 15 lakh he demanded immediately while the rest could be paid in a month.

The complainant approached the ACB officials.

ACB sources said a probe has begun to know the source of the Rs 60 lakh that had been paid by the complainant to Joshi earlier. Sources said Joshi had faced a corruption case by the Thane regional ACB in 1997.

In another incident, Police Sub-Inspector Shakeel Khan, attached to the Agripada police station was caught red handed while accepting Rs 5,000 bribe from a man he had arrested in a dowry harassment case.