JULY 4, 2014
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) today arrested a junior clerk of Maharashtra School Secondary Certificate and Higher Secondary Certificate Board while accepting a bribe of Rs 500 from a complainant here.
The clerk, Sheshrao Padol (51), had demanded Rs 500 as bribe from the uncle of a student whose name was wrongly mentioned by the board in his SSC marksheet.
Reluctant to pay the bribe amount, complainant lodged a complaint with ACB office here against Padol, a release from ACB here said.
After verifying the complaint, an ACB team laid a trap in SSC board office at around 1400 hours this afternoon and caught the clerk red-handed while accepting the bribe amout from the complainant.
A case under Sections 7, 13(1)D, 13(2) of the Indian Penal Code and sections of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 has been registered at the Kranthi Chowk police station against Padol, the release added.

From India, Mumbai
JULY 5, 2014


Gadhinglaj tehsil town of this district was shocked last night, when Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials arrested the Sub-Registrar of Gadhinglaj Stamp and Registrars office and Head Constable of Gadhinglaj Police station, while accepting bribe amounts of Rs 21,000 and Rs 3,000 respectively, late last evening.

The arrested were identified as Rajendra Narayan Bhanse, Sub-registrar, resident at Pattankodoli of Hatkanangale tehsil of this district and Sadanand Vitthal Patil, of Kamewadi village, Chandgad tehsil of this district. According to ACB officials here, complainant Satish Haldakar submitted documents in the Sub-Registrar office of a house for transfer on his name. Sub-Registrar Bhansae told Haldakar to pay Rs 25,000 for it. The matter was settled at Rs 21,000.

However, not willing to pay the bribe, Haldankar informed this to ACB office here, and they laid a trap around the Sub-Registrars office and nabbed Bhanse red-handed while accepting bribe amount of Rs 21,000 from Haldakar.

Bhanse, who transferred from Astha of neighboring Sangli District, only eight days ago, showed his corruption from very first day in Gadhinglaj office. He obstructed every file giving minor reasons and impressed on people that it they were illegal documents, sources said. The second trap, incidentally took place at nearby Gadhinglaj police station, late yesterday evening. A complaint was register in Gadhinglaj police station against complainant Mahadev Gholrakhe, resident at Bhadgaon for his agriculture land, by his relatives.

Later the relative made claims in court and the Judge send this case to Gadhinglaj police station for investigation. Head constable Patil contacted Gholrakhe and told him to pay Rs 3,000 if he wanted the police to submit a report in court from his side.

Gholrakhe informed the ACB officials about it, and they nabbed Patil while accepting bribe at Gadhinglaj police station area.

From India, Mumbai
JULY 5, 2014
THE Anti – Corruption Bureau (ACB), Thane, arrested Shakuntala Patil (45), the Sarpanch of Chandrapada Grampanchayat, Jewchandra, Vasai, Thane for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs. 2,50,000.
The complainant is a resident of a chawl that consists of 50 rooms. For providing the tax receipt for each room, Shakuntala Patil, the sarpanch demanded a bribe of Rs. 5,000 for each flat in cash. The total amount would sum upto Rs. 1,50,000 which was initially decided to be given in cash. Later on July 4, 2014, it was decided that the amount will be paid by cheque.
On the words of the complainant the ACB, Thane, set a trap on July 5, 2014, near the office of the Sarpanch and arrested Patil around 1:30pm while accepting a bearer cheque of Rs. 2,50,000 from the complainant. Further investigations in the matter are in progress

From India, Mumbai
JULY 06, 2014

MUMBAI:The anti-corruption bureau, led by IPS officer Pravin Dixit, has embarked upon a new idea to halt corruption. Since a week, the ACB has been posting photographs of the accused accepting bribe on its website, besides sharing specific details of the trap laid.

"We felt that photos of the accused accepting bribe will help us tackle the corruption menace," Dixit told TOI.

Also, video recording the incident and relevant photographs on the website leave hardly any scope for fabrication of the trap, Dixit said. "We are making all possible effort to ensure there is no scope for lacunae in the trap. So when the case comes up for final hearing in the court, we expect conviction in maximum cases," he said, adding that this will also ensure that the accused as well as ACB sleuths cannot alter the case.

According to a senior IPS official, a high-profile senior inspector who was caught taking Rs 1 lakh bribe from a contractor a week ago tried to defend himself after being nabbed by saying he was being framed. But when he was told that the incident was being video recorded, he turned speechless.

In another incident, a woman sarpanch from Thane tried to call up her senior on being caught while accepting a bearer's cheque of Rs 2.5 lakh as bribe. But the attempt backfired as the entire operation was being videographed.

The IPS official said that besides specific details of the 630 cases registered under the Prevention Of Corruption Act this year, photographs of 35 accused have been posted on the ACB website.

"Our effort will be to put up photographs of all the accused in the 630 cases in a phased manner. We are training our sleuths on the effective use of new technology," he said.

The official said that while the ACB has put up names of the erring officials on its website, departments concerned too should display details of cases on their websites.

"We feel that departments should also post information on action taking against such officials," he said.


From India, Mumbai
JULY 7, 2014
A talathi was today booked by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 4,000 from a farmer in Paithan tehsil of the district.
The talathi, Ravindra Mokade, attached to the Sajja-Tergaon village in Paithan tehsil of the district, had demanded a bribe of Rs 4,000 from the farmer who wanted to add his and his brother's name in 7/12 extract of their ancestral farmland after their father's death, sources in ACB said.
Reluctant to shell out the bribe amount, complainant lodged a complaint with the ACB Aurangabad unit.
Acting on the basis of the complaint, the ACB officials verified the facts and registered a case under relevant sections of Prevention of Corruption Act with Pachod police station against the talathi, sources added.

From India, Mumbai
The state Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB), has been, over the last few months transforming its way of functioning and introducing new measures to ensure better efficiency.

One of the reasons, perhaps, why the bureau has seen a 90% spike in the number of cases in the first five months of 2014 compared to the corresponding period last year. Last year, in the first five moths, 281 cases were registered; it's 494 in the same period this year.

Apart from arresting officials in police, revenue and administrative departments, ACB has of late been venturing into new territories like education, health, travel and tourism, realty, social service, etc.

Another area that the bureau has been concentrating on is the class I and II sector of government officials. In the past five months, ACB has arrested more than 70 class I officers and 90 class II officers across the state, which is 70% more than last year in the corresponding period.

Last month, Jawant Mane, a senior police inspector of Dindoshi Police, was arrested for accepting Rs 50,000 as bribe from a complainant. Bhausaheb Patil, former deputy collector of Mumbai, was also arrested for allegedly amassing properties and farm-land worth Rs 11.34 crore, which is reportedly disproportionate to his known source of income.

This year, the bureau forayed into education department for the first time, nabbing Khalsa College principal Ajit Singh and his secretary Nikita Vaid last month, for allegedly accepting Rs 25,000 as bribe from a student seeking admission into class 12 (science stream).

This April, Arthur Road Jail superintendent Vasudev Burkule, and his deputy were arrested for allegedly accepting Rs 35,000 from a jail officer to clear him in the Maharashtra prison manual exam.

"We are also concentrating on such niche departments that are vulnerable to corruption. We have increased surveillance in departments which were never really on ACB radar in the past. Education, health, sports, travel, RTO, etc are some of them," said Vishwas Nangre Patil, additional commissioner of police, ACB.

ACB officials now regularly visit government offices to understand their way of functioning. "We assure people who interact with top government officials, including their colleagues, to approach us if they find something amiss. We have enhanced vigilance in all departments through text message drives, regular visits and by keeping helplines in every unit," said Praveen Dixit, director general (DG), ACB.

The bureau also has informers across departments. "We work in a very clandestine way. While majority of the traps we lay are based on complaints, we also raid officials' office or home if we receive some information. We have our officers in place to check on them, and now there are several modern mechanisms also to keep tab on those under suspicion. It will not be proper to discuss these mechanisms, however," added a senior officer.

To target admission touts

With the advent of the admission season, the bureau is now planning to book bogus agents who promise college admissions for a price. "Some of these agents are associated with colleges and some work independently. We have our team in place to ensure no malpractices take place. We also have dedicated helplines to serve students under such circumstances. Education and health will be our primary focus," said Vishwas Nangre-Patil, additional commissioner of police, ACB.

From India, Mumbai
JULY 8, 2014


THE Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB), Mumbai, arrested Shama Sayyed, Police Sub-Inspector (PSI) attached with Malwani Police Station, for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs. 4,000.

The complainant owns a tea-stall in the Malwani police station’s jurisdiction. On May 16, 2014, the police carried proceedings against a worker at the tea-stall of the complainant, involved in riot. The investigating officer in the matter was Sayyed, who called the complainant to the Malwani police station. On July 6, 2014, the complainant visited Sayyed in the Malwani Police station, where Sayyed threatened of taking action against him and uprooting the stall if he failed to produce the worker, against whom the proceedings were carried. The complainant pleaded Sayyed to not to take action against him, so she demanded Rs. 5,000 from the complainant for not taking any action in the matter.

The complainant had no intentions of submitting to her demands so he approached the ACB, Mumbai on July 7, 2014 for filling a complaint against her. On the directions of the ACB the complainant met Sayyed who reduced the bribe amount to Rs. 4,000 after a bargain. And on this basis the ACB registered an FIR against Sayyed on July 7, 2014.

On July 8, 2014 The ACB set a trap at the Malwani Police Station and arrested Sayyed while accepting the bribe amount of Rs. 4,000. Further investigations in the matter are in process.


From India, Mumbai
JULY 8, 2014

Nagpur News

Head Master of Gandhi Vidyalaya, in Kamptee tehsil held accepting bribe of Rs 5,000/-

When all people expect teachers to teach a weird case also comes to light when this ‘teach’ is ignored and ‘cheat’ is followed by members of teaching profession. Or else a person of as high a rank as Headmaster would not have asked for bribe of Rs 5,000/ from an assistant teacher, a member of his own profession.

One Arvind Devaji Sapate, 47, headmaster at Gandhi Vidyalaya, Vadoda, tehsil Kamptee, district Nagpur, demanded bribe of Rs 5000/ from Dilipkumar Marotrao Wankhede, assistant teacher for clearing his back wages and implementing rise in his salary. As this assistant teacher was in no mood to pay illegal gratification, he lodged a complaint with Anti Corruption Bureau Nagpur on July 5, 2014.

A trap was laid at the office of Gandhi Vidyalaya, and the headmaster, accused , Arvind Devaji Sapate was caught red handed accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000/ in presence of witnesses. An offence has been lodged against the accused under relevant sections of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 at police station, Mouda, district Nagpur and investigation is underway.

The action was carried out under directions of Vasant Shirbhate, DCP/ police superintendent, Anti Corruption Bureau, Nagpur and Yashwant Matkar, Deputy Police Superintendent and under guidance of Ashok Sakharkar, police inspector by Santosh Pundkar, Subhash Tanodkar, Ajay Yadav, Shekhar Dhok and Uttam Das, all personnel of ACB, Nagpur.

ACB, Nagpur has appealed to all the citizens that if they come across any government staff demanding bribe they should report the matter immediately on ACB telephone numbers

From India, Mumbai


A police constable attached with the Mukundwadi police station here was arrested today by Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) sleuths for accepting bribe of Rs 1,000 from a complainant.

According to an official press release from the ACB here today, the accused identified as constable Bhaskar Ghodke, 42, had sought Rs 2,000 as bribe from a complainant for not arresting him after an arrest warrant was issued against him by the local court after he failed to obey a court order.

After bargaining they later decided on Rs 1000 as payment.

Reluctant to shell out the money, the complainant lodged a complaint against Ghodke with the ACB office here.

Based on the complaint and after verifying the facts stated in it, an ACB team laid a trap at Uttam hotel situated at TV center at around 2200 hours last night and caught Ghodke red handed while accepting the bribe from the complainant in presence of witnesses, the release said.

An offence has been registered against Ghodke with Cidco police station under sections 7, 13(1)(D) and 13(2) of the Anti-Corruption Act 1988, the release added.

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