Nagpur News : After two years of investigation, Anti-corruption Bureau officials has finally found Devanand Meshram, Chief Controller (Accountant) and Commercial Officer Chandrapur Municipal Corporation, guilty for giving bribe Rs 20,000 to Bharti Zade, then deputy director of Accountant and Treasury, Nagpur office in 2010.
The complaint was filed by Zade with ACB Nagpur office on October 5, 2010. Meshram was then the Treasury Officer at Gadchiroli.
According to Zade’s complaint, while holding the post of deputy director, she was having rights to transfer the employees working in her department.
On October 5, Meshram insist Zade to meet him at Nagpur office to discuss an important issue. While discussing other matters, he handed her an envelope. Expecting some documents in the envelope, Zade opened it and was shocked to find cash. When asked, Meshram insisted her for the transfer of his relative named Ramteke, then Deputy Accountant of Chandrapur District Supplies Officer.
Angered by the bribe offered, Zade immediately called other senior officials. Fearing strict action, Meshram took back the envelope and claimed that he handed it to her by mistake.While Meshram was about to flee with the envelope, Zade alerted ACB officials and police. During interrogation by ACB officials, Meshram denied the allegations and claimed that Zade had demanded the cash.
Before filing a complaint against Meshram, Zade took the signatures of witnesses on the envelope and submitted it to ACB office. Since then the case was under investigation by ACB officials.
On Thursday, ACB officials found Meshram guilty and accused him that though being a public servant, he offered bribe of Rs 20,000 to another public servant.