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HC employee held taking '150 bribe

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) caught a medical officer attached to the dispensary at the Bombay high court on Wednesday while accepting a bribe of Rs 150 from a court employee to clear his medical bills.

mumbai Updated: Dec 23, 2010 01:55 IST
HT Correspondent

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) caught a medical officer attached to the dispensary at the Bombay high court on Wednesday while accepting a bribe of Rs 150 from a court employee to clear his medical bills.

According to the ACB, Vikasini Narendra Chauhan, who works as a medical officer at the high court dispensary, would charge 10% of the reimbursed amount to clear the medical bills submitted by the court employees.

The complainant, also a court employee, would pay Chauhan the 10% cut to get the medical bills for himself and his sister cleared.

On Tuesday, the complainant had gone to inquire whether the Rs 1,500 worth medical bills submitted by him on December 9 had been cleared. Chauhan allegedly told the complainant that though it had been cleared, the disbursement would take place only after she was paid her usual cut.

The complainant said he didn’t have the money and would pay her the next day. Meanwhile, he decided to go to the ACB and lodge a complaint against Chauhan.

As per the ACB’s instruction, the complainant went to pay Rs 150 as commission to Chauhan.

As soon as Chauhan accepted the bribe money, the ACB officers present at the spot in plainclothes arrested her.

On October 12, Shreedhar Chauhan, a peon with the Bombay high court, was also arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau while accepting a bribe of Rs 500 from a lawyer to privately circulate a case on the board.