BJP woman leader held for taking bribe from mother of mobile snatcher in Gorakhpur
Reeta Pandey, a resident of Awas Vikas Colony, gave Rs 50,000 as bribe to Sarita Singh after the latter convinced her that she would use political clout to save her son from going to jail.lucknow Updated: Oct 20, 2017 22:48 IST
A BJP woman leader was arrested on charges of taking bribe to save a mobile snatcher from going to jail, soon after chief minister Yogi Adityanath took note of the complaint made by the accused’s mother on Friday.
Sarita Singh, member of BJP’s Maganagar Adyaksha, Rahul Srivastav’s team, was booked under various sections of IPC and was sent to jail on a complaint made by Prabha Pandey, relative of Reeta Pandey, who is mother of Harshit Pandey, who was arrested for mobile-snatching.
Reeta, a resident of Awas Vikas Colony, gave Rs 50,000 as bribe to Sarita after the latter convinced her that she would use political clout to save her son from going to jail.
She also used Gorakhnath temple worker, Dwarika Tiwari’s name to take the victim into confidence for extorting the money.
However, when Harshit was sent to jail despite the deal, his mother demanded the sum back from Sarita, but the latter didn’t pay the amount back, following which Reeta visited Gorakhnath temple to meet the chief minister who immediately directed the SSP to take action against the fraudulent leader.
Cantonment SHO Manoj Pathak said Harshit had confessed to his involvement in three mobile snatching cases, including one on October 3. He was arrested on October 13.
Earlier, in a stern message against graft, Adityanath had appealed to people to record statement of officials who demands bribes to get their work done and bring it to the notice of the government for necessary action.
Sarita Singh, who had served as a leader in BJP Mahila Morcha (women’s wing), was planning to fight the election for corporator’s post from Mahadev Jharkhandi ward No. 20.
Her husband Mahipal Singh works in railway cooperative bank.