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Enforcement officer arrested for accepting ₹15,000 bribe in Phagwara

The accused allegedly demanded a bribe from the owner of a firm to settle the matter of non-payment of provident fund (PF) by its 30 employees. Accused Darshan Lal was posted in Phagwara as EPF enforcement officer.

punjab Updated: Sep 02, 2018 00:45 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Phagwara
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An enforcement officer of employees provident fund in vigilance custody in Jalandhar on Saturday. (HT photo)

The vigilance bureau (VB) on Saturday arrested an enforcement officer of employees provident fund (EPF) organisation for demanding and accepting bribe of Rs15,000.

The accused allegedly demanded a bribe from the owner of a firm to settle the matter of non-payment of provident fund (PF) by its 30 employees. Accused Darshan Lal was posted in Phagwara as EPF enforcement officer.

Complainant Arvind Bassi of Hoshiarpur, approached the vigilance team and said he was running a small security agency in SBS Nagar and employed around 30 employees.

He said due to low wages, the workers refused to contribute PF from their salaries to the EPF department.

Enforcement officer Lal conducted an inspection and summoned him on August 6 to produce all financial details of the employees and firm, Bassi said.

“I could not provide it as employees were not paying the PF. I even told the officer that I was planning to shut down the company,” he told the vigilance. He said Lal demanded a bribe of Rs15,000 to settle the matter.

Vigilance senior superintendent of police (SSP) DS Dhillon said a trap was laid and a vigilance team led by deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Karamvir Singh apprehended the enforcement officer while accepting the bribe.

The SSP said a case has been registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act against the accused.

First Published: Sep 02, 2018 00:45 IST