In a major operation, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), Nagpur nabbed an Assistant Commissioner and a Clerk, both of Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), red-handed while accepting bribe amounts of Rs 3000 and Rs 1000 respectively.
According to ACB, the complainant had submitted an application to FDA for receiving license required for opening a new medicine shop. The license was approved too by the office of FDA. However, when the complainant went to Food and Drugs Administration, Nagpur Division, Nagpur for receiving the license, the Assistant Commissioner (Medicine) Dnyandev Laxman Kurkute demanded Rs 5000 and the Clerk Ajay Laxman Khadse demanded Rs 1000 as bribes. Taken aback by the demands of bribes, the complainant straightaway approached the ACB office and lodged a complaint against the Assistant Commissioner Kurkute and Khadse.
Acting on the complaint, ACB sleuths laid a trap at the FDA office and waited for a right time. As soon as the Assistant Commissioner Kurkute and the Clerk Khadse demanded and accepted Rs 3000 (settled amount) and Rs 1000 respectively as bribes from the complainant, the ACB sleuths pounced and caught them red-handed in the act.
An offence with Sadar Police Station under relevant Sections of Anti-Corruption Act 1988 was registered against Kurkute and Khadse and further probe is underway.
The operation was carried out by ACB’s Police Inspector Asaram Shete, Police Inspector Vinod Wakde, Constables Vilas Khanke, Nilesh Barve and Chandranag Taksande.