The vigilance bureau arrested a junior accounts assistant at the civil surgeon’s office red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000 on Wednesday.
The vigilance had received several complaints against the accused, Mohinder Singh, who was fleecing people who intended to get death and birth certificates.
Reports of discrepancies in Mohinder’s working were highlighted in HT since February 2013. A team of vigilance led by deputy superintendent of police Gurpreet Purewal raided the office of civil surgeon following the complaint of Varinder Singh and arrested Mohinder while accepting Rs 5,000 as bribe.
SSP, vigilance, Satinder Singh said that Varinder of Sayian Kalan village lodged a complaint alleging that Mohinder was demanding bribe for issuing birth certificate.
The vigilance department laid a trap and Mohinder was caught red-handed while accepting bribe at the civil surgeon office.
The arrest has also raised eyebrows as to how a functionary was involved in the racket of providing birth certificate by taking bribe.
Interestingly, former deputy commissioner Rahul Tewari had summoned Mohinder last year to his office when he received a complaint that he was demanding money for a correction on a birth certificate.
On average nearly 150 people on average visit civil surgeon office in a month regarding corrections in birth certificates.
A case was registered against the accused under sections 7 and 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The accused will be produced in court on Thursday.