A team of the vigilance bureau, on Wednesday evening, arrested a conductor of the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) along with the bribe money of Rs 70,000 he had allegedly taken from another conductor.
Conductor Kuldip Kumar, a resident of Bathinda, was arrested at Behman Dewana bus stand after he accepted the bribe money from complainant temporary conductor Gurdeep Singh, a resident of Badal village in Muktsar district, who had tipped the bureau that the accused was demanding a bribe from him to get him regularised in the department. After receiving the complaint in this regard, the bureau team had laid trap to nab the accused conductor.
The complainant said, after a judgment by the Punjab and Haryana high court ordering the state government to regularise services of appealing PRTC employees on March 1, 2011, he and a driver Major Singh filed a petition in the high court seeking directions to the state government to regularise their services and the high court, on December 6, 2013 directed the state to pass orders in this regard and settle the issue within two months of the order. However, the PRTC didn't implement the court order, he said.
"In the meantime, I met another conductor, who said that he will get me regularised if I pay a bribe of Rs 70, 000. He asked me to pay the amount to Kuldip Kumar," he alleged.
The incident, as per bureau officials, might lead to exposing the involvement of some big fish in the racket, as the conductor seemed to be only a part of a chain.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), vigilance bureau, Bathinda, Bhupinder Singh, said that the arrest of the conductor indicates the existence of an employee-official nexus within the department, that is involved in getting the works of employees done by taking bribe from them.
He said that such instances in the PRTC have come to light in the past also, in which there were complaints of demands of bribe for reinstating the dismissed or terminated employees.
"A complaint was received in which a person had demanded a bribe from a PRTC employee to get sanctioned his arrears and the person had asked the employee to hand over to him his ATM card, but the employee was saved from getting robbed as the department promptly got the ATM card blocked," he said.
Meanwhile, the arrested conductor was produced before a court on Thursday that sent him in to three-day police remand.