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Accounts officer of Punjab food dept held taking Rs. 1-lakh bribe

HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana/Chandigarh, June 03, 2014
First Published: 12:54 IST(3/6/2014) | Last Updated: 12:56 IST(3/6/2014)

The Punjab vigilance bureau arrested an accounts officer of the state food and civil supplies department when he was allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs. 1 lakh from an inspector of the department, at Mullanpur on Monday.

The accused, Ashwani Kumar, is the department’s assistant controller, finance and accounts (ACFA), incharge of Ludhiana and Barnala.

Deputy superintendent of police (DSP), vigilance, Bikramkit Singh said food inspector Manjit Singh had lodged the complaint that Ashwani had been demanding Rs. 4 lakh from him for not filing an adverse report against him.

Manjit reportedly said that when he was posted as food inspector at Mullanpur, the stock of wheat under his charge had been found damaged/less, and that case had been forwarded to Ashwani for a departmental inquiry.

Ashwani Kumar, thus, had been seeking bribe to keep the inquiry report under wraps.

“Manjit had already paid the first instalment of Rs. 1 lakh. It was decided to deliver the second instalment of Rs. 1 lakh on Monday, when Ash wani called Manjit to come near Haveli restaurant on the Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway near Mullanpur. There, as soon as Ashwani accepted the cash as bribe, a team of the vigilance bureau arrested him red-handed,” the deputy superintendent of police informed.

The bureau filed a first information report (FIR) under the Prevention of Corruption Act and initiated search at Ahwani’s house.

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