Machhiwara market committee accountant held on graft charges

Updated on Dec 04, 2020 12:26 AM IST

A flying squad of the Mohali vigilance bureau, arrested the Machhiwara market committee accountant on graft charges on Thursday and recovered ₹30,000 cash that he had accepted from a contractor to pass his bills. One Gurmel Singh has been arrested. The vigilance bureau has also booked a junior engineer Manohar Lal who has not yet been arrested.

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By, Ludhiana

A flying squad of the Mohali vigilance bureau, arrested the Machhiwara market committee accountant on graft charges on Thursday and recovered 30,000 cash that he had accepted from a contractor to pass his bills.

One Gurmel Singh has been arrested. The vigilance bureau has also booked a junior engineer Manohar Lal who has not yet been arrested.

Deputy superintendent of police (DSP, vigilance bureau) Ajay Kumar said a contractor, Jagdev Singh, had filed a complaint against Gurmel and Manohar.

Jagdev said he had a contract for installing electricity fittings in the Machhiwara grain market. However, the accused were seeking a 85,000 bribe from him to clear the bills.

Upon receiving the complaint, the vigilance team laid a trap. After the accused accepted 30,000 as the first instalment of the bribe they conducted a raid and arrested him red handed.The sleuths of the vigilance bureau had installed a farmer union flag on their vehicle to conceal the operation.

Manohar has been also booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act. A hunt is on for his arrest.

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