The vigilance bureau, on Monday, nabbed Ranjodh Singh, functional manager of the district industries centre (DIC) cum mining officer of Moga red handed while accepting rs 5,000 as bribe from a farmer.
Surinder Kumar, deputy superintendent of police (DSP), said that Major Singh, a farmer of Kaila village under Dharamkot subdivision, who was booked by the police for allegedly selling sand illegally from his farm under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as well as under Mining Act-1952, on August 3 of this year, had complained to the police that mining officer Ranjodh Singh was allegedly demanding rs50, 000 for reducing fine amount.
DSP said that Major Singh mentioned in his complaint that he told the mining officer that he would be able to give only rs 10,000 as bribe at the moment and this proposal was accepted by the mining officer.
The DSP said, "While the mining officer was accepting rs 5,000 as the first instalment of the bribe on Monday evening from Major Singh, the vigilance team raided the focal point at Moga and caught him in the presence of other government officials."
He added, "Ranjodh Singh has been charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act. A case has been registered at the vigilance police station at Ferozepur and further investigation is underway."