Haryana: Panipat patwari held for taking bribe
Accused Sandeep Kumar, who was posted at district revenue office, had allegedly demanded money in lieu of verification of documents of award form of acquired land from the complainant and his family
A revenue patwari posted in Panipat was caught red-handed by the Haryana vigilance bureau while accepting a bribe of ₹45,000, officials said on Wednesday.
Accused Sandeep Kumar, who was posted at district revenue office, had allegedly demanded money in lieu of verification of documents of award form of acquired land from the complainant and his family.
Vigilance bureau inspector Sachin Kumar said the accused was arrested by a team led by inspector Sumit Kumar. He said complainant Sajjan Singh of Siwah village had approached the bureau alleging that the patwari was demanding ₹45,000 for a work related to his acquired land.
After verifying the facts, the team raided the spot and nabbed the accused red-handed while accepting the bribe.
He said the patwari has been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act and would be produced in a court where his police remand will be sought.
Two more held for graft
The vigilance bureau’s Karnal unit has also arrested two government employees, including an SDE of HSVP, Karnal, and a clerk of treasury office in Karnal in connection with two previously registered cases.
The accused are SDE Shashi Bala and clerk Raj Kumar.
Inspector Sachin Kumar said the clerk had sought bribe for processing the pension file of the complainant’s deceased father, who had retired from the police department.
The SDE used to take bribes in lieu of issuing completion certificates, he added.
Property of gangsters’ aides demolished
Town planning wing of the Karnal MC on Wednesday demolished an ‘illegal’ farm house owned by two gangsters’ aides in Budhakhera village on Kunjpura road.
MC officials claimed that the property was owned by aides of Neeraj Punia and Vinod Pannu.
CIA II incharge Inspector Mohan Lal said the farm house belonged to close associates of the gangsters.
Spread over 1500 sq yards, the farmhouse had three bedrooms, a party hall, swimming poll and a kitchen. The police claimed that the farmhouse was used for late night parties and other illegal activities.
“Several notices were issued to the owners but they failed to comply with the norms following which the step was taken,” said Karnal district town planner RS Bath.