Corrupt officials seem to be looking for new, unconventional locations from where to take bribes. An estate manager working with the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) was caught red-handed accepting a bribe of Rs 25,000 on a moving local train. The complainant was seeking the transfer of a flat to his name, for which he had been asked to pay the bribe.
According to the anti-corruption bureau (ACB), the accused, Sunil Nikam, 43, is an estate manager, and holds a Class II post with the Mhada, which provides affordable housing to people.
“The complainant in the case had bought a flat from a man in a Mhada building in Girgaum. The complainant was trying to get the flat transferred to his name, for which Nikam demanded Rs 25,000,” said a high-ranking ACB officer.
Nikam asked the complainant to visit his Mumbai Central office with the amount. “Nikam walked from his office to the Mumbai Central railway station, along with the complainant. Our team was following them,” said the officer.
To the surprise of the officers, Nikam entered the railway station with the complainant and boarded a Churchgate-bound local train. The ACB officers entered the same compartment.
“Nikam asked the complainant to keep the amount in a bag when the train was nearing Marine Lines. We waited, and when the train reached Churchgate, the accused was caught,” said the officer.
ACB officers said they are conducting raids at Nikam’s residence in Ulhasnagar. “He may have thought that it was safe for him to accept the money in a moving local,” said the officer.
The police recently arrested a Mantralaya officer who accepted a bribe while walking outside the CST railway station.