The anti-corruption bureau (ACB) has arrested a former peon of SNDT College in Ghatkopar, affiliated to SNDT Women’s University, for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 6,000 from a third-year college student.
According to the ACB, the accused accepted the bribe for helping the girl pass in a subject in which she had failed. She had applied for re-evaluation of the paper, for which the accused Deepak Atmaram Kanheri, 37, agreed to help her pass. “The complainant is a third year arts student. As she failed in one subject and had submitted an application for re-evaluation, the accused sensed an opportunity to earn money,” said an ACB officer.
ACB sources said Kanheri was earlier employed on contractual basis with the college. “Kanheri contacted the student and demanded Rs 15,000 from her. The student approached ACB,” said an officer.
ACB verified the case, following which a trap was laid at SNDT College, in which Kanheri was caught while accepting the money. Police suspect Kanheri got the details of the student from a database used for re-evaluation of papers. “Kanheri was employed till February 2, as per a letter which we have got. The letter states that his service will be automatically terminated after February 2. We are investigating if more persons are involved,” said the officer.