Two officers from the SDO, Ulhasnagar were arrested for accepting bribe from a resident for providing information of a plot under the RTI
In a shocking incident, officials from the Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) in Ulhasnagar were arrested by the Anti-Corruption department for demanding and accepting bribe for providing information under the RTI.
The ACB arrested officer Raosaheb Govind Bhalerao (57) and Ramchandra Dhaklu Gavit (46), a senior clerk red-handed while accepting the bribe.
According to sources, Gulshan Sachdev (38), a resident requested details of plot number 619 in Ulhasnagar-2 under the RTI to the SDO office on February 2. He also sent a reminder on April 21 to the concerned officer requesting them for the information.
However when Sachdev visited the office, the officers demanded Rs 5000 bribe from him for providing him the information. When he coughed up the money, the officers gave him photo copies of the 42 pages of information, but the pages weren't attested as is the procedure.
When he realised the situation, Sachdev demanded the attested pages, but the officers allegedly demanded Rs 12,000 for sourcing the same. When he refused, Sachdev was asked to file a request again and he accordingly filed another request on April 21. As the officers weren't cooperating, he again sent a reminder again on May 2 and when he approached them on May 6, the officers asked for the money again. This time however, Sachdev acceded to their demands and informed them that he would bring them the money if they showed him the attested papers.
When they showed him the same, he promised to return the next day with the cash. In the interim, Sachdev informed the ACB about the situation and on their advice, he returned the next day with marked notes and five officers from the department as witnesses. The ACB team led by PI S D Chavan laid a trap and as soon as the officers accepted the money, the officers swooped down on the duo .
"The complainant informed us that the officers had asked for money to provide information under the RTI. Accordingly we laid a trap and arrested them when they were accepting the money," informed DySP Dattatray Datar of ACB, Thane.
I can't imagine this can happened in developed state like maharastra. I compliment you personally for exposing the corrupt practice by r Raosaheb Govind Bhalerao (57) and Ramchandra Dhaklu Gavit (46), a senior clerk red-handed for demanding bribe and accepting.