CBI nabs man for seeking bribe from firm over report submission for govt subsidy

A man was nabbed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for allegedly seeking bribe from a firm over report submission for govt subsidy in Maharashtra`s Nagpur, the officials said, reported the PTI.

According to the news agency, one person from a firm contracted to file an inspection report for units seeking subsidy under a Union government scheme was arrested in Nagpur on Friday for allegedly seeking and accepting a bribe, while the main accused is at large, an official said.

The firm had been contracted by Khadi and Village Industries Commission to check units that seek subsidy under the Prime Minister`s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) and file reports, the official from the Nagpur unit of the Central Bureau of Investigation said.

“Main accused Gopi Jangir and Sahil Thakur had sought a bribe of Rs 45,000 from one unit owner and had threatened to file a negative report if he did not pay. The unit owner approached ACB on January 2 after which a trap was laid on Friday,” he said.

Thakur was arrested when he collected a bribe of Rs 15,000 in Dighori area here, while Jangir, who sent the former, is yet to be arrested, the official added.

A case was registered under Prevention of Corruption Act and further probe is underway, the CBI official said.

Meanwhile, in an another incident, three officials of Bhiwandi Nijampur Municipal Corporation (BNMC) in Thane district of Maharashtra were nabbed on Wednesday after one of them accepted a bribe of Rs 1.50 lakh allegedly to settle a property tax-related matter, an Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) official said.
The trio includes a clerk in the tax department, a tax assessment officer, and a clerk officiating as office superintendent, he said, according to the PTI.

The ACB said the trio had initially demanded Rs 2.05 lakh bribe from the complainant who had applied for reassessment of property tax after carrying out additional constructions. They later settled to accept a bribe of Rs 1.50 lakh.

“The ACB nabbed Kishore Kini, a clerk, while he was accepting Rs 1,50,000 on the premises of BNMC. Subsequently, two others were also held for their alleged involvement in the corrupt act,” an ACB release said, as per the PTI.

A case is being registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act and further investigation is underway.

(with PTI inputs)

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