A police officer investigating a case involving the seizure of gutkha worth Rs1 crore got two men arrested for offering him a bribe on Wednesday. The anti-corruption bureau (ACB) officers caught them red-handed while giving Rs50,000 to the officer.
The assistant inspector of police attached with the Goregaon police station was investigating the case where a team had seized 1,615 kg gutkha while it was being transported to Mumbai from Gujarat on March 4. The driver and cleaner of the vehicle were then arrested.
According to ACB officials, men arrested for bribery - Lukmaan Khatri, 36, and Mudassar Javed Khatri, 34 - offered Rs50,000 to the officer for favouring them during the investigation. The officer approached the ACB’s Worli office on Tuesday and registered a complaint against Lukmaan and Mudassar.
After the complaint was verified, the ACB laid a trap at SV Road in Goregaon (West) on Wednesday around 9.30am. Lukmaan and Mudassar reached the spot and were arrested by ACB officials as they handed over the money to the officer.
Confirming that this is a first such case in the past one year, RR Bhogale, additional DCP, ACB, said, “Every officer or government servant should approach us if they are offered bribe in any form.”