The Rajasthan Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Wednesday nabbed two Rajasthan Administrative Service (RAS) officers for demanding and accepting bribe from a contractor.
The two officers of the rank of sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) belonged to the Dausa district and were nabbed accepting a bribe from the contractor.
Earlier, the collector of Baran, Inder Singh Rao, was trapped by the agency. Rao is in jail and facing prosecution.
SDMs caught red-handed by ACB
The SDM of Bandikui, Pinkey Meena, and the SDM of Dausa, Pushkar Mittal, were nabbed by the ACB after receiving a complaint against them. Pinkey Meena was nabbed while she was accepting a bribe in her Bandikui office, while Mittal was arrested while he was accepting a bribe in his residence at Dausa.
Later, the ACB made the two officers sit together and interrogated them. The ACB also nabbed the middle man Neeraj Meena in this connection.
The director-general of ACB, BL Soni, said that the two officials demanded bribes from the contractor of the Delhi-Mumbai highway under the Baharatmala project. The ACB laid a trap through additional police superintendent Narottam Verma and Circle Inspector Neeraj Bhardwaj after receiving the complaint.
Soni said the two officials were creating problems for the construction company through various means and were demanding money for allowing them to execute their works.
Complaints against the errant officers
The ACB laid the trap by first arresting Mittal for accepting Rs 5 lakh bribe, while Meena was arrested for accepting Rs 10 lakh bribe. Mittal was recently quarantined for testing COVID-19 positive and had recently joined his duty. The collector of Dausa had received numerous complaints against him for harassing people and demanding bribes from them.
The ACB was interrogating the two officials and have seized documents from their offices. The ACB has been active these days and it has spread its net to nab officials involved in bribery. In the New Year, a dozen such officials have been nabbed by the ACB on bribery charges.
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