Nagpur News: The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Nagpur Police has, in a cracking case, trapped and registered offences against Deputy Director of Land Records, Nagpur Region, (Super Class-1) and a peon in the same office for demanding and accepting Rs 5,00,000 bribe.
According to ACB, Adv Amarendrasingh Jitendrasingh Verma (32), resident of Mirey Layout, Nandanvan Road, Nagpur, lodged a complaint with ACB on 18.2.2014. In his complaint, Verma said that he is Legal Adviser to two sister companies — Kumar Hotel Limited, Nagpur and Link House Industries Limited, Nagpur. Both the companies are run by their Director Harchandani. In 2001, Kumar Hotel Limited purchased one portion of Sonone’s Sitabuldi-based house and in 2004, Link House Industries Limited purchased the remaining second portion of the house. After completion of all legal formalities, the property (Sonone’s house) was transferred in the names of the two companies by Nagpur Municipal Corporation and Office of Land Records, Nagpur in 2004 itself.
However, in 2010-11, Sonone submitted a complaint application to the Office of Deputy Director, Land Records and stated that his house was not sold to the two companies and the Land Records Office had mistakenly transferred the property in the names of the two companies. Therefore, the transfer of his house in the names of the companies should be cancelled, said Sonone in his application.
Verma, in his complaint to ACB further said that the appeal matter is pending in the Office of Deputy Director, Land Records, Nagpur. The written argument in this connection was submitted in 2012. However, the matter has not been decided. But after hearing the matter on 10-12-2013, the Deputy Director of Land Records Dadasaheb Talpe asked him to pay Rs 5,00,000 so that a decision in favour of the two companies will be given. Verma said that he attended a hearing again on 18-2-2014. This time also, the Deputy Director of Land Records Dadasaheb Talpe demanded Rs 5,00,000 from Verma and also warned him that if the amount is not given, the case will not be decided in favour of his clients – the two companies.
The ACB, acting on the complaint of Verma, laid a trap on Wednesday (February 26). The Deputy Director Talpe asked the peon in his office Bhalchandra Pralhad Ganlade (22), resident of Rajat Complex, Wing No 4, Flat 105, Ganeshpeth to accompany Verma to his residence in MHADA Complex, Flat No. C/305, Dharampeth and take Rs 5,00,000 from him. Dadasaheb Talpe also asked the peon Bhalchandra Ganlade to keep the bribe money at his house itself. Accordingly, Bhalchandra accepted the bribe amount from Verma and was caught red-handed by the ACB sleuths. Now the ACB has booked the Deputy Director of Land Records, Nagpur Region, (Super Class-1) Dadasaheb Talpe and the peon Bhalchandra Ganlade for accepting the bribe of Rs 5,00,000 under relevant Sections of Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 and investigating the matter further.
The operation was carried out by Anil Lokhande, DySP Wardha, Head Constable Ramesh Bhoyar, Constables Girish Korde, Narendra Parashar, Nishith Ranjan Pande, Manish Ghode, Pradeep Kadam, Ragini Hiwale, Pradeep Deshmukh, Komal Bisen under the guidance of Nishith Mishra, DCP/SP of ACB Nagpur and Sanjay Purandare, Additional SP.