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CAD officials trapped for taking bribe from gardener in Kota

‘Demanded 10% as commission against releasing arrears of 10 L rupees’

Udaipur : The Anti-corruption Bureau sleuths on Wednesday, arrested three officials including a JEN (Junion Engineer) posted at the Chambal command development area (CAD) in Kota for taking bribe of 60 thousand rupees against releasing an arrear of 10 lakh rupees due to a gardener employed in the office. The JEN Umesh Shringi, accountant Avdhesh Sharma and clerk Arvind Rajawat were caught red-handed accepting the sum who have been taken into custody, Kiran Kang, Kota SP (ACB) said. The ACB action came as a big shock for the CAD staff who fled from the office. The place wore a deserted look until afternoon when gradually the remaining staff got back to work.

The complainant RamKishan joined as a gardener at the CAD in 1988 however, he was removed from the job in 1991. “ The poor man fought a long legal battle and got re-instatement order in 2003. However the CAD filed an appeal but lost the case in the High Court and Ramkishan was taken back  to work in 2005” additional SP ChandraSheel Thakur told TOI. In November  2016, RamKishan got orders to receive an arrears  of 11 lakh rupees rightfully due to him from the department. After an income tax deduction of 1 lakh, the man waited to receive the 10 lakh rupee arrear amount , however, the CAD officials didn’t release the sum and Shringi demanded one lakh rupees i.e 10% of the sum due as commission against its release.

The poor man pleaded with the officials and finally the bribe money was settled at 60,000 rupees by the latter. However, RamKishan who had already spent a large amount to pay fees to the lawyers, refused to  resign and informed the ACB. The department verified the complaint and a trap was laid on Wednesday, Thakur said.  The officials were caught red-handed with the bribe money and thus arrested. The ACB team constituted of Dileep Singh, Mohammad Aslam, Narendra Singh, Satyendra Singh, Devendra Singh, Md Khaaliq, Manoj Sharma, Shabana, Suwalal, Jogendra and Rajendra Malav.

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