A team from the Patiala vigilance bureau arrested Tejinder Singh, a panchyat secretary, posted at Fatehgarh Sahib, on Thursday, for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 30,000 to conduct the audit of panchayat funds of Kotla Jatta village. Inspector Ravinder Singh led the team.
Officials said that Beant Singh, a former sarpanch, from Fatehgarh Sahib had approached the panchayat secretary for conducting an audit of panchayat funds, but he demanded money to do his duty.
After an investigation, the vigilance team decided to do a sting and nabbed the panchayat secretary in the presence of shadow witness Kuldeep Singh in Kotla Jatta village. Employees from the water supply and sewage department Ujjagar Singh and Surinder Singh acted as government witnesses.
A case under Sections 7, 13(1) 13(2) 88 of the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered at the Patiala vigilance bureau office.
Chief director-cum-DGP vigilance bureau Punjab Suresh Arora said that the alleged bribe money was recovered from the pocket of the panchayat secretary and investigations were on.
Sub-inspectors Pritpal Singh, Harminder Singh, ASI Ashok Kumar and head constables Amarjit Singh, Vijay Sharda and Jarnail Singh were part of the team that executed the operation.