A doctor from New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) was on Wednesday arrested in connection with the Rs 23 lakh bribery case involving the state revenue department, in which a former minister of state (MoS) for revenue is also under the scanner.
The state anti-corruption bureau (ACB) is investigating the role of the accused, Dr. Maheshchandra Sarjerao Naykude, 30, whose statement was earlier recorded in the case. Dr. Naykude has been remanded into police custody till Thursday.
Earlier, the ACB had seized Dr.Naykude’s mobile phone and had conducted searches at his residence.
The complaint in the case was filed by a real estate agent, who held the power of attorney for an 18-acre plot in Pune and was locked in a dispute related to the property.
According to the complaint, after a hearing in the presence of the MoS, the agent had acquired possession rights for the plot. However, one of the accused, Vaibhav Andhale, suspected to be a middleman in the case, allegedly asked for a bribe to get the possession order passed.
ACB officials said that on October 28, Andhale allegedly took Rs 23 lakh from the complainant near World Trade Centre. Of the amount, he gave Rs 1 lakh to Sanjay Suradkar – a section officer at the revenue department – and Rs 50,000 to another suspected middleman – Devidas Dahiphule – for their help.
Dr.Naykude came under the scanner after Andhale, a master of surgery (MS), spoke about him.
“Dr Naykude, Suradkar and prime accused Andhale have been caught by the close circuit television cameras (CCTV) at 32nd floor of their office while negotiating on the day the trap was laid to nab Andhale,” said Vishwas Nangre Patil, additional commissioner of police, ACB, Mumbai.
During investigations, ACB discovered that Andhale allegedly went to pick up the file necessary to get the order passed from the minister’s official bungalow.
ACB officials said there was no reason for the file to be at the minister’s residence, as the state was under President’s Rule at the time, which requires all administrative files to be submitted to the Mantralaya.