It is nothing new that the civic body is beset with some corrupted officers. Despite the officers who receive fat salary from the filthy rich civic body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, yet some dabble into corruption.
News comes to light that
Satish Vishvanath Powar, 57 an Executive Engineer in K/East Ward Andheri (East) was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Saturday for allegedly accepting bribe of ₹50 lakh. Reportedly around 1,200 grams of Gold Jewellery and
₹1.13 crore cash were found at his residence by the Anti-corruption Bureau.
As per ACB officials, upon receiving a complaint from a representative of a company that they had built a shed of 5,000 square feet outside the company premises, they swung into action and nabbed the accused.
Notably, on October 13, the Office of Andheri (E) BMC’s K-East Ward had issued a notice to the company on in connection with an illegal shed. In their counter,the company responded to the notice on 19 October, after which on October 28, the BMC officers swung into action by demolishing the shed. Later, a representative from the company called up Pawar for a meeting.
According to Vijay Patil, ACB Mumbai Chief in the meeting, Pawar, allegedly made a demand for ₹50 lakh to stop the BMC from taking any action.
Since the complainant was in no mood to cough up the money, he approached the ACB on October 31 and on the very next day, the demand was verified. The accused had accepted the amount from the complainant on a Mahim road late Friday night.
The ACB Officers reveal that amid the search, they also found several property documents, which they are now analysing.They are also verifying the source of his wealth.
The ACB officers had produced Pawar before a court, which remanded him to four days police custody. The accused Executive Engineer has been booked under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 for taking gratification other than legal remuneration in respect of an official act.