Mumbai has been seeing significant rise in bribery cases. While the Anti-Corruption Bureau of the Mumbai Police have always nipped such cases in the bud, yet it continues a galore.
The recent bribery case that comes to the fore is of a Civic Body (BMC) Engineer Mohan Rathod employed at the BMC’s
Buildings and Factories Department, H-West Ward Bandra.
As per ACB, accused Mohan Rathod had demanded a whopping Rs.9 lakh from a man for an unauthorised two-storeyed ground plus two at Chapel Road and why no.action was initiated.
On Jan 16, the victim Fayaz Chogle had received an eviction notice from the BMC, following a complaint, which termed the first and second floors as unauthorised. Reportedly on receiving the notice, he visited Rathod’s office to tell him that the construction was not unauthorised and requested him to not take action. The complainant alleged that Rathod demanded ₹15 lakh for it.
The complainant was in no mood to part with the demanded amount of Rs.15 lakhs. He approached the ACB and submitted a written complaint on Monday. On verification of the allegations conducted by the agency it was revealed that Rathod had allegedly demanded ₹9 lakh, which was settled at ₹8.50 lakh.
Notably the ACB laid a trap on Tuesday, and Accused Shoiab khan was caught red-handed in accepting Rs.8.50 lakh from the complainant, on the alleged instructions of Rathod.
The two have been arrested under sections 7 (public servant taking gratification other than legal remuneration in respect of an official act) and 12 (abetment of offences) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.