In a surprise action, the Rajasthan anti-corruption bureau (ACB) trapped an officer red-handed in Delhi while accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh.
The cops from the Kota unit of Rajasthan trapped the officer in the Delhi office of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). The officer, Pankaj Goyal, an assistant director, was caught red-handed accepting the bribe.
The officer was demanding Rs 1 lakh as a bribe for allotting franchisee to make Aadhar cards. He was trapped after several complaints received against him that alleged that he was demanding a bribe. A person from Kota, who had applied for the franchisee, reported the matter to the ACB after he was asked to pay the bribe.
Working on the tip given by the Kota person, ACB conducted preliminary investigations.
Officer belongs to Indian Telecom Service
Pankaj Goyal, a 1998 batch officer from the Indian Telecom Service, was assigned to give franchisee licences for Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and several other states. He would allot the licence only after receiving the bribe.
The Kota applicant’s application was rejected several times as he was unable to pay the bribe.
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The desperate complainant, after making several failed attempts reported the matter to ACB, Kota, which collected evidence and later on Tuesday a team was sent to Delhi which caught the official red-handed collecting the bribe from a decoy.
The ACB after arresting Pankaj Goyal searched his house in Delhi. He will be brought to Jaipur for interrogation by the ACB after obtaining the court’s order from Delhi.
Business community must come forward to fight corruption
Meanwhile, BL Soni, the new director general of ACB, is trying to set new benchmarks in the fight against corruption. BL Soni, while addressing the business community in the state, has asked them to reach out to him if any government servant asks for a bribe or gratification.
He also urged the business community not to be afraid and come forward to fight against corruption in the state. He also assured the business community that the secrecy related to the complainant will be maintained and the complainant will not have to face any sort of harassment.
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