A Nayab Tehsildar and a retired clerk, acting as his middleman, were caught by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) red-handed while accepting bribe of Rs 4000 from a sand stealer.
According to ACB, a sand-laden tractor of the unidentified complainant was caught by Nayab Tehsildar of Tehsil Lakhandur, District Bhandara, Sagar Yalappa Kamble (28) on April 5. Subsequently, the accused Nayab Tehsildar imposed penalty on the tractor owner for stealing sand. However, while imposing penalty the accused Sagar Kamble told the tractor owner to meet him in his office on April 9 and pay Rs 5000 as bribe and then there will no action against him in future. Taken aback by the Nayab Tehsildar’s bribe demand the tractor owner straightaway approached ACB sleuths in Bhandara and tipped them about the bribe demand.
Armed with the complaint, the ACB sleuths laid a trap at Tehsil Office in Lakhandur on April 9. As per plan, the accused Nayab Tehsildar Sagar Kamble demanded bribe of Rs 5000 from the tractor owner but settled for Rs 4,000. The accused asked the complainant to give the bribe amount to the retired clerk Vinayak Sakharam Balbudhe (60) on his behalf. As soon as Balbudhe pocketed the bribe amount the ACB sleuths pounced and caught him red-handed. Later, the accused Nayab Tehsildar Sagar Kamble too was apprehended.
The ACB filed a complaint with Lakhandur Police Station against both the accused under Sections 7, 13(1)(D) read with Sub-Section 13(2) of Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 for further action.
The action was initiated by DySP Prashant Kolwadkar, Police Inspector Kishore Parvate, Police Inspector Jeevan Bhatkule, and other policemen of ACB.