Sixth case of corruption in PCMC; staffer arrested for taking bribe

An accounts officer of the water supply department of the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau.

pune Updated: Aug 01, 2017 15:21 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
This is the fifth action taken by the anti-corruption bureau in recent weeks, with six staffers of the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation being trapped by the ACB.(HT FILE PHOTO)

The accounts officer of Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation’s water supply department, Kishor Baburao Shinge, 50, was arrested by Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Monday around 12.15 pm. He was allegedly demanding a bribe of ₹1,000 to release payment of the complainant.

This is the fifth action taken by ACB in recent weeks, with six staffers being trapped by the ACB. The senior most official involved in a corruption case is the chief accountant of the Pimpri Municipal corporation against whom the complaint was filed with the Prime Minister’s office directly.

According to primary information, given by the Anti-Corruption Prevention Division, Shinge was working in the municipal water supply department function as an account officer. The complainant is a 20-year-old municipal contractor whose papers for pipeline maintenance work of the water supply department were pending for payment. Shinge had allegedly asked for a bribe of ₹1,000 for releasing the bill.

The contractor, then, complained to the Anti-Corruption Prevention Division. According to the squad, Shinge was caught by the ACB at around 12.15 pm in the area of municipal building.

On March 22, Babasaheb Rathod of the municipal corporation’s education department was caught allegedly taking a bribe of ₹20,000. On the same day, education officer Alka Kamble was also caught while taking a bribe of ₹20,000. Other accused include Rajendra Shirke, who was nabbed on April 24, in a case of bribe of ₹12 lakh in the municipal building. On April 27, Ajay Sinnarkar from the anti-enchroachment department was caught for taking a bribe of ₹6,000. On May 13, Tanaji Date, health officer in the health department, was caught while accepting a bribe of ₹10,000.

First Published: Aug 01, 2017 15:20 IST