A village-level government revenue official (Talathi) and a private assistant were trapped in the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau ACB net on Thursday in Uttan, Bhayandar for allegedly demanding Rs 80000 and accepting a bribe of Rs 20,000 as a first instalment.
Uttamrao Gyandev Shedge (50), a talathi posted at Uttan had demanded money from a complainant known as Ashraf Mohammad. He demanded the bribe to have the latter’s name included in the 7/12 land record extract, an ACB official said.
Shedge first demanded Rs 80,000 and then after negotiation brought it down to Rs 60,000. The victim then approached the ACB and a trap was laid.
“Shedge and his private assistant Sameer Nasiruddin Mujawar (40) were caught red-handed in the trapped of ACB net. This happened, while accepting Rs 20,000 from the complainant,” officer informed.
According to sources, the accused also named two other officers as the partners in crime.
However, the officer said a case had been registered and further probe was underway.
In January, the Anti-Corruption Bureau(ACB) of Thane Rural Police has caught an employee of Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) along with a private person for taking bribe for fitting a new pipeline in the society.
According to the sources, the employee works as a plumber in the water supply department of MBMC. A case has been registered against the duo at Navghar Police Station.
The private person appears to be the plumber’s son-in-law. The complainant is the president of the Chandra Co-operative Housing Society, where the accused has asked the Chai-paani. The complainant had received information that the municipality is giving extra pipeline to relieve the present water scarcity.