In what could be termed as turn of events, a driver who had a departmental enquiry pending against him was asked to pay a bribe of Rs 1.50 lakhs to ensure that no penal action is initiated against him. However, the driver decided to teach these greedy officials a lesson and got them arrested by Anti Corruption Bureau.
According to information the complainant who was serving as driver with the State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) had a case of road accident registered against him. However, the Court found him not guilty and acquitted him. On the other hand, there was also a departmental enquiry against the complainant. He had received a notice asking him why a detrimental action should not be taken against him.
The accused duo, Retired Assistant Vehicle Inspector Arun Govindrao Sangle and Senior Driver Hussein Mohammed Maladhari both employees of State Road Transport Corporation demanded the driver to pay a bribe of Rs 1,50,000/- (Rupees One lakh fifty thousand) to stop the departmental enquiry and to ensure that no adverse or penal action is taken against him. However, he did not want to pay bribe to these two greedy officials, so he complained to the Anti Corruption Bureau about the alleged demand for bribe on February 7, 2015.
On the basis of the complaint registered by the complainant, the officials of Anti Corruption Bureau made a plan to trap the corrupt officials. Meanwhile, the corrupt officials negotiated with the complainant and settled at a lesser amount of Rs. 1.05, 000/- (Rupees One lakh five thousand). A trap was finally laid. On February 10, 2015, the corrupt officials Retired Assistant Vehicle Inspector Arun Govindrao Sangle and Senior Driver Hussein Mohammed Maladhari of State Road Transport Corporation were caught red handed accepting the bribe of Rs. 1.05, 000/- (Rupees One lakh five thousand). Both the employees of SRTC were arrested and a case was registered by Ganeshpeth Police Station under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 (No. 49 of 1988). Further investigations are on.
The entire raid and the action was initiated by Police Inspector Vinod Vakde of Anti Corruption Bureau, Nagpur Unit, Shubhangi Deshmukh and their staff who participated in the raid.