Two CIDCO officials among three held for Rs 2.50 lakhs bribe

[] Two officials of Maharashtra’s planning agency CIDCO, have been arrested for seeking a bribe from a real estate businessman, for not demolishing an ‘illegal’ structure in Navi Mumbai

Three persons, including two officials of state-owned city planning agency CIDCO (City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Ltd), have been arrested in a Rs 2.50-lakh bribery case, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) said, on June 11, 2019. Vikas Khadse and Pritamsingh Rajput, both officials of CIDCO and one Pradip Patil, were booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act, deputy superintendent of police (ACB-Navi Mumbai unit) Ramesh Chavan said, in a release.

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They were arrested on June 10, 2019, after a man, who is into the real estate business, filed a bribery complaint with the Navi Mumbai unit of the ACB, the release said. Khadse (52) and Rajput (39) had allegedly sought a bribe of Rs 10 lakhs from the complainant, for not demolishing an ‘illegal’ structure, measuring 2,178 sq ft, built by his associate on a piece of land in Navi Mumbai, it said. The complainant was in the business of purchasing lands in Thane and Navi Mumbai and developing them.

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Khadse was a surveyor in the office of controller of unauthorised construction at CIDCO, while Rajput, a development officer, was his senior in the same department, the release said. After negotiations the bribe amount was brought down to Rs 8 lakhs, which the complainant agreed to pay to the two CIDCO officials in instalments, it said. At the same time he approached the ACB, which laid a trap and caught Patil, who works as a waiter at a CIDCO canteen, accepting the first instalment of Rs 2.50 lakhs, on behalf of the two officials, the release said. A further probe is underway, it added.

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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