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Two education officials held

Anti-Corruption Bureau officials on Tuesday arrested two senior staffers of the Directorate General of Medical Education (DGME) for allegedly taking a bribe.

mumbai Updated: Feb 03, 2010 01:32 IST

Anti-Corruption Bureau officials on Tuesday arrested two senior staffers of the Directorate General of Medical Education (DGME) for allegedly taking a bribe.

ACB sources said State Nursing Superintendent Dr Reshma Desai (50) and Vidya Bansode (45) were arrested while allegedly accepting Rs 1.5 lakh from a person who wanted to open a post-graduate diploma institute in nursing.

Confirming the arrests, Additional Commissioner of Police Niket Kaushik said: “We have registered an offence.”

Sources said the applicant, whose identity cannot be revealed, had approached Desai five months ago to obtain an Essential Certificate (EC). EC is a clearance that certifies that an institute has basic infrastructure to run an institute.

Desai, who conducted the examination of the proposed institute, had allegedly demanded Rs 3 lakh. Though the applicant paid Rs 2 lakh, the proposal was rejected and it was never sent to the final committee, the source added.

The applicant again approached Desai and applied for a revision. “Desai then asked for Rs 1.5 lakh,” the source said. The applicant then approached the ACB, which laid a trap for Desai and reportedly caught her while accepting the money.

Desai, who had been a professor of JJ School of Nursing, was recently handed over additional charge of State Nursing Superintendent.

Last week, the Anti-Corruption Branch of the CBI raided the residence and office of Dr Savita Gangude, who was posted at the nephrology department at Byculla Railway hospital.

Gangude allegedly used to ask for 5 to 10 per cent commission while making purchases of medicines and equipment required for dialysis and kidney-related ailments.