Nagpur: The brimming corruption in Regional Transport Office (RTO) again got exposed when Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) trapped an Assistant Motor Vehicle Inspector and his middleman (Dalal) red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 700 from a woman who had come to the transport office for procuring permanent driving license. The nabbed accused have been identified as Assistant Inspector Deepak Dattatray Kale (30) and the middleman Amzad Khan Bahadar Khan Pahalvan (30). The ACB trap rattled the RTO circles and also debunked the claims of top authorities of curbing corruption in the important transport office.
According to details, the complainant Archana Pravin Deoghare, resident of Vandevi Nagar, reached the Regional Transport Office (East) on Monday for procuring driving license. To her dismay, the Assistant Inspector Kale who was overseeing the trial test demanded a bribe through the middleman Amzad Khan. On refusal to part with the bribe money, Archana was failed in the trial test. Archana had faced this dilemma thrice. However, on Monday, she contacted ACB Superintendent Rajiv Jain and told him about the bribe demand in RTO. Jain sent an officer to RTO and the officer brought Archana to ACB office for filing a formal complaint. After receiving the complaint, the ACB sleuths planned the trap operation. Accordingly, Archana was sent to RTO. After reaching the transport office, Archana contacted the middleman Amzad and expressed her readiness to pay the bribe amount of Rs 700. Later, the middleman took her to Kale’s office where the Assistant Inspector asked Archana to handover the bribe amount to Amzad. Saying this, Kale immediately took trial test of Archana and declared her passed. Now, Archana went to the middleman and paid him the bribe of Rs 700 as directed by Kale. As soon as the middleman pocketed the bribe amount, the waiting ACB sleuths pounced on Amzad and caught him red-handed. The Assistant Inspector Deepak Kale also accepted his role in the bribe episode.
After the operation, the ACB registered an offence at Kalamna Police Station against both the accused under various sections of Prevention of Corruption Act.
The Assistant Motor Vehicle Inspector Deepak Kale originally hails from Nanded. Subsequent to the trap, the Kale’s local residence as well as in Nanded were raided by ACB for search.
The action was carried out by Police Inspector Monali Chaudhary, constables Nilesh Barve, Milind Halmare, Dipti Motghare, Seema Gudadhe under the guidance of SP Rajiv Jain.