Udaipur : The Anti Corruption Bureau officials caught a Patwari red handed taking a bribe of rupees 30 thousand inside a restaurant at CAD circle in Kota city on Tuesday. The accused Sanju Kumar Gochar, patwari at the Urban Improvement Trust (UIT), had demanded the bribe from the complainant against releasing deed for two plots that the latter owned, Kiran Kang, SP-ACB, Kota said. The complainant Vikram Singh Chouhan, a retired central government employee who owned two plots in Shiv Nagar area that fell under the jurisdiction of the UIT.
“There was some ongoing camp by the government for the regularization of plots and other land revenue related matters and the complainant had met the UIT officials for issuance of patta (lease deed) for his plots” ChandraSheel Thakur, additional SP informed. When the Patwari went for the spot inspection, he reportedly told Chouhan that there were complexities involved in the process of regularization and that he would ease the technicalities if Chouhan pays him 50 thousand rupees. Chouhan agreed to pay the bribe and approached the ACB.
It was agreed that the first installment of 30 thousand rupees would be paid on Tuesday and the remaining money after the work is accomplished. We laid a trap and when the patwari received the bribe money, our men caught him” Thakur said. Gochar hails from Lakhedi in Bundi district, his house is being searched and assets investigated, the officer added.