Nagpur: Continuing their crackdown on graft, Anti-Corruption Bureau on Friday took two clerks of Irrigation Department into custody for demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 8,000. With the trap of two clerks today, the ACB has netted seven Government employees within 48 hours.
The complainant is a farmer. Earlier, he used to work as a labourer in Bagh Itiyadoh Irrigation Department, Gondia. His pension case, after completing the shortcomings, was sent to Mantralaya in Mumbai by Gondia office. At that time the Pension Clerk was Mahesh Charandas Sathavane (36). The pension case was approved by Mantralaya and the papers were sent to Executive Engineer, Bagh Itiyadoh Department, Gondia. Similarly, the complainant also received a letter about approval of his pension case. With this letter the complainant on 27.07.2015 approached the concerned Pension Clerk Kamalesh Anantram Aakre (48). However, Aakre and the previous clerk Mahesh Sathavane demanded Rs 8,000 bribe from complainant for dispatching his pension case papers to office of Accountant General, Nagpur for final approval and release of pension amount.
On Friday, during a trap laid at Irrigation Department, the ACB sleuths caught both the clerks Kamalesh Aakre and Mahesh Sathavane red-handed while accepting bribe of Rs 8,000 from the complainant. An offence under Sections 7, 13(1)(D), 13(2) of Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 is registered against the two accused and further action is underway.