3 Class I officers in ACB network for demanding Rs80L bribe | Nagpur News
Nagpur: Detectives from the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Nagpur region on Tuesday caught three class I officers from the Soil and Water Conservation Department (SWCD) in the act of demanding Rs80 lakh and accepting a Rs50 lakh bribe from a contractor to settle his bills.
The officers charged were identified as Executive Engineer (SWCD, Nagpur Region) Kavijeet Patil (32), SWCD Sub-Divisional Officer (Brahmapuri) Shravan Shende (46) and Divisional Accounts Officer ( Chandrapur) Rohit Gautam.
SP Rakesh Ola said the plaintiff civil contractor had worked for the Soil and Water Conservation Department for 10 years. After winning a bid, the Complainant conducted a survey of the Kolhapuri Spillways constructed in Nagpur, Wardha, Chandrapur and Gadchiroli districts in March 2022.
When asked, Ola said this might be one of ACB’s biggest pitfalls.
The complainant had completed the works on 18 April 2022 and submitted invoices worth Rs 62,82,018 to the Nagpur Region Water Conservancy Department. In addition to this, he had also submitted bills of Rs1.26 crore for Chandrapur and Gadchiroli districts to the Chandrapur office.
The entire bill was approved and he had also received partial payments (Rs20,55,939 and Rs49,85,000) through checks for works carried out in Nagpur, Wardha, Chandrapur and Wardha districts.
“Patil allegedly demanded Rs. 19,22,536 as a bribe from the contractor to settle the bills. Similarly, Shende demanded Rs56 lakh as a bribe and Gautam demanded Rs5.50 lakh from the plaintiff,” Ola said.
The total amount of the bribe amounts to Rs80,72,536. As the contractor was unwilling to oil his hands, he approached CDA and filed a complaint.
A trap was set and Shende was caught in the act as he demanded and accepted a bribe of Rs50 lakh from the plaintiff in Brahmapuri.
DySP Anamika Mirzapure set the trap under the guidance of SP Rakesh Ola and additional SP Madhukar Gite. Mirzapure was assisted by Senior PIs Sachin Mate, Sarang Mirashi, Pravin Lakde and Constables Santosh Pandhare, Vikas Sayre, Sarang Balpande, Sushil Yadav, Babita Kokarde, Geeta Choudhary, Asmita Meshram, Karuna Sahare among others.
Following the trap, on Wednesday, no less than 15 senior officials and their 25 subordinates from ACB Nagpur region conducted raids on the offices of water resources departments in Nagpur, Chandrapur and Brahmapuri. Searches are also being carried out at the residences of Kavijeet Patil, Shravan Shende and Rohit Gautam, the SP said.
On Wednesday, the ACB produced the trio in court which took them into custody for six days.