The Technical Instructor Prashant Ram Yelne of Samarth High School and Junior College, Ramtek, was caught red-handed while accepting bribe of Rs 1000 from a student for increasing his Practical Exam passing marks. The Circle Officer Sudhakar D Rathod and Talathi Arun Mahadeo Sute of Tehsil Office, Mauda, were netted by ACB for taking bribe of Rs 12,500 from a farmer.
Nagpur: The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), Nagpur Range, had a busy day on Thursday (January 8) when it trapped and arrested a Technical Instructor of a Ramtek school and a Circle Officer and Talathi of Mauda Tehsil Office for demanding and accepting bribe amounts, red-handed. The Technical Instructor accepted bribe of Rs 1000 from a student for increasing his Practical Exam marks while the Circle Officer and the Talathi accepted bribe of Rs 12,500 from a farmer for favour of not taking action in a farming matter.
According to ACB, the Technical Instructor Prashant Ram Yelne (50) of Samarth High School and Junior College, Ramtek, District Nagpur, demanded bribe of Rs 1000 from a student for increasing his Practical Exam passing marks for the academic session 2014-15. Taken aback by the bribe demand, the ‘smart’ student straightaway approached the office of ACB, Nagpur and lodged a complaint against the Technical Instructor.
Acting on the complaint, the ACB sleuths spread a dragnet at Samarth High School and Junior College, Ramtek and sent the student to the Technical Instructor Prashant Yelne for ‘handing over’ the bribe amount. Unaware of the trap, Yelne demanded and accepted the bribe of Rs 1000 from the student. The moment Yelne pocketed the bribe amount the ACB sleuths nabbed him red-handed.
Ramtek police, based on the action carried out by ACB, registered an offence against the accused Technical Instructor Prashant Yelne under relevant Sections of Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 and arrested. Further probe is underway.
Similarly, the Circle Officer Sudhakar D Rathod (48) and Talathi Arun Mahadeo Sute, both working in Tehsil Office, Mauda, were netted by ACB, Bhandara Unit. According to details, both Rathod and Sute, with ulterior motive in mind, went to the farm of the complainant farmer when he was digging the farm with JCB machine and taking the earth by tractor for some household work. Rathod and Sute, in a threatening posture, shouted at the farmer and told him that he was digging the farm without permission and that the JCB machine and the tractor will be seized. Moreover, the former will be fined a penalty of Rs 48,000 for his ‘illegal action.’ When the farmer requested them to spare him and avert the punitive action, Rathod and Sute demanded bribe of Rs 15,000 in return of the favour. Not willing to pay such big amount as bribe, the farmer sought time and later lodged a complaint with ACB, Bhandara Unit, in this regard.
Armed with the complaint, the a team of Bhandara ACB laid a trap at Tehsil Office, Mauda. During the trap, the ACB team found the Circle Officer Sudhakar Rathod and Talathi Arun Sute demanding bribe of Rs 15,000 from the complainant farmer. However, some settlement talk, Arun Sute accepted Rs 12,500 as bribe from the complainant. As soon as Sute accepted the bribe money, the team of ACB caught him red-handed.
Subsequently, an offence was registered with Mauda Police Station against Rathod and Sute under Sections 7, 12, 13(1)(D), Sub-Section 13(2) of Prevention of Corruption Act 1988. Both the accused were placed under arrest.