AnonymousTimes of India May 27, 2014
MUMBAI: The city unit of anti corruption bureau on Tuesday made a hattrick by arresting seven corrupt officials of rationing office at Shivaji Nagar in eastern suburbs accepting bribe from their own agent. This is the second biggest trap of the ACB after they arrested Khalsa college principal Ajit Tethi and his personal assistant Nikita Vaid accepting bribe of Rs 30,000 for admission early this month.
The ACB on Tuesday arrested seven rationing officials ranging from the senior most rationing officer to peon accepting bribe in denomination of Rs 200 to 500 from a rationing agent just to delete his son's name and issuing a certificate.
While the senior most rationing officer of 44-E office (Shivaji Nagar) Shamu Dhotre, clerk Pradeep Patil, assistant rationing officer Anirudh Kulkarni accepted Rs 200, peon Prashant Peje and clerk Laxmi Dage accepted Rs 200 each, lady rationing inspector Sujata Sawant accepted Rs 500 and a private lady Asha Sonawane who accepted Rs 1,000 on behalf of officers were caught red handed by ACB. All the accused have been booked under the prevention of corruption act and will be produce before the special ACB court on Wednesday. ACB officials said that the teams are also carrying searches of their houses to find if they have amassed asset beyond their means.
Interestingly the complainant in the case is rationing agent filed a complaint with the ACB alleging that his son was going out of city for further studies and wanted his son's name deleted from the ration card from Mumbai so that he gets his name register in the rationing office where he was studying. Complainant agent was angry and upset that officials were demanding bribe from him and he decided to teach all of them a lesson. During verification the complaint appeared to be true,'' said Vishwas Nangre Patil, additional commissioner of police ACB.
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AnonymousBMC IS NO 1 IN CORRUPTION
Human rights activist Samir Jhaveri said, “The fact is that BMC is no 1 in corruption as per statistics disclosed by the anti corruption bureau of Maharashtra and it is clear that asking the occupation and education details of complainants is totally unfair and there is an obvious malafide intention. I think rather than doing this, the BMC should put up the assets declaration of its employees on the website under section 4 of the RTI Act, 2005.”
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Anonymous3 COPS IN ACB NET FOR BRIBERY YESTERDAY THE 24TH JUNE 2014
In three separate cases yesterday, the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested four police personnel, which include three police officers from the Raigad, Beed and Nashik districts, for demanding and accepting bribes for favouring the accused in the cases they were investigating. Importantly, the police department almost every year tops the ACB’s list of the most corrupt departments with around 149 police officers (men) having been caught in cases of graft till May and about 790 having been arrested since 2009.
In the first trap by ACB’s Raigad unit, an assistant police inspector posted at the Pen police station was caught demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 80,000. The accused, 39-year-old Nakul Nyamne, took the bribe in order to stop harassing and not initiating action against an alleged illegality by a hotel establishment. Nyamne was caught taking the bribe outside his residence.
In the second trap at Beed, the ACB unit trapped a 54-year-old police inspector Chandev Tambade and a 48-year-old head constable Hameed Sheikh from the Peth-Beed police station.
The duo accepted the bribe through a private person identified as Khandu More, who is a hotel manager. More too has been arrested while taking a bribe of Rs 10,000 from the complainant, whose brother has theft and assault cases against him. The deal was that Tambade and Sheikh would take weaker preventive action instead of a stronger one.
At Nashik, the local ACB unit trapped a woman police sub inspector for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 5,000. The accused, Mangal Jogan, posted at the Yewala City police station, accepted the bribe for not registering an offence against the complainant.
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AnonymousThe Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) plans to set up regional and zonal offices across the city and state, following its success in trapping many bribe-seeking government officials recently.
The ACB has arrested a record 722 public servants after laying 528 traps this year. Last year, 269 traps had been laid and 341 were arrested in corruption cases.
Its office is in a remote place at Pochkhanwala Road in Worli, and is not easily accessible. The registration of complaints online has not helped much.
ACB sources said the home department is likely to approve the plan this week. If all goes according to plan, the ACB, like the Mumbai police commissionerate, in the initial stages will be able to set up at least four regional offices in South, Central, North-West and North-East Mumbai.
The ACB is looking for a suitable place in South Mumbai for a regional office, which will have two zonal offices. While one will be at Azad Maidan, the other will be in Colaba.
The south region will cover the high court, sessions and other metropolitan courts, Old Customs House, Public Works Department, Mantralaya, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, and state and city police headquarters.
The jurisdiction of the central office in Dadar will be from Byculla to Kurla. The western region will have an office at Bandra-Kurla Complex, where there are many government offices like the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority (MHADA) and Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA). No place has yet been selected in the eastern region.
"Each regional office will be headed by an assistant commissioner of police, under whom there will be two police inspectors, who will independently accept complaints and lay traps. The regional and zonal offices will bring about more awareness and will help curb growing corruption," said Vishwas Nangre Patil, additional commissioner of police (ACB).
The ACB also plans mobile vans, which will be stationed outside major government offices on weekdays.
"The vans will not only bring about awareness but will also accept complaints. The physical movement of ACB vans outside government offices will itself be a deterrent to corruption," said Praveen Dixit, state director general (ACB).
The state ACB has over the last few months been transforming the way it functions and has been introducing new methods to ensure better efficiency.
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AnonymousDate: July 1, 2014
TWO COPS ARRESTED IN GRAFT CASE
The Maharashtra Anti Corruption Bureau has trapped and arrested a sub-inspector and a constable with the Malwani police for allegedly accepting a bribe from a scrap dealer based in Malwani. The two policemen had recently gone to Punjab to investigate a cheating case registered by the scrap dealer, and were demanding money in exchange for investigating the case as well as for reimbursement of the expenses that they incurred while in Punjab, officers said.
ACB officers identified the two suspects as sub-inspector Deepak Tonde and constable Ramakant Revandkar. The complainant had registered a complaint of cheating against a Punja-based business associate earlier this month and on June 16, Tonde and Revandkar had demanded Rs 10,00 from him in exchange for proper investigation of the case, which he had paid at the time.
Tonde and Revandkar subsequently left for Jalandhar in Punjab to investigate the case and on June 22, they contacted the complainant and told him that he would have to pay their hotel bills. Unwilling to pay any more money to the policemen, the complainant had approached the ACB on June 23.
“During subsequent investigations, we got enough evidence to confirm the bribe demand as well as the fact that the duo had accepted money from the complainant earlier, and we registered a case against them. Acting on our instructions, the complainant contacted them again on June 24 and they told him to foot their hotel bill of Rs 9,883 and a further sum of Rs 5,000 for expenses,” said an ACB officer.
The complainant subsequently transferred Rs 14,883 to the account of an employee working with the hotel on June 24. On Monday, when Tonde and Revandkar reached Mumbai from Punjab, they were arrested by a team of ACB officials from the Borivali railway station and charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Further inquiries are underway against them, said officers.
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AnonymousJuly 1, 2014
Estate Manager of Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority (MHADA) and was arrested today by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) while accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 from a complainant in western suburb of Bandra.
The complainant was allotted a room in transit camp at Mulund, an eastern suburb, as the building in which he was staying was declared dangerous. To inquire about new room and documents, he had visited Transit Camp department of MHADA at Kalachowki. The officer at Kalachowki asked him to go to headquarters at Bandra, ACB sources here said.
Accordingly, on June 18, complainant visited MHADA office, where estate manager Ramkrishan Attram and senior clerk had demanded Rs one lakh to furnish the document necessary for him to shift at new place in Mulund.
After bargaining, the deal was done at Rs 50,000.
Relucatant to pay bribe, complainant lodged a complaint with ACB.
After verifying the contents of complaint, an ACB team today laid a trap in the MHADA office premises and arrested Attram while accepting Rs 50,000 from complainant.
Senior clerk Kuramayyan Poojari was also taken into the custody for inquiry, sources added.
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AnonymousJuly 3, 2014
Lady treasury officer arrested by ACB for accepting a bribe
A lady officer of the treasury office at Devrukh in Ratnagiri district who allegedly demanded and accepted a bribe for clearing a loan application was arrested this afternoon by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), the ACB announced here today.
ACB's Thane Range Deputy Superintendent of Police Jairaj Chapria said in a press release today evening that a complainant had made an application for a loan of Rs 1 lakh from his provident fund account.
Deputy Treasury Officer Deepali Dileep Kelkar had made a demand of Rs 500 from a complainant for clearing a loan application.
The aggrieved complainant lodged a complaint with the Ratnagiri branch of ACB which laid a trap today and arrested the officer while she accepted the bribe amount from the complainant in her office, the ACB release said.
The ACB booked her under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and said that further investigations are on.
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AnonymousAnti-Corruption Bureau (Pune Unit) Superintendent Sarang Awad has earned the reputation of being a no nonsense officer with zero tolerance for corruption. In six months time, the number of traps have reached to 87 compared with 109 cases last year Pune ranks second in ACB cases, most of the traps resulted in class I government officials getting caught by the ACB sleuths. The Pune unit not only covers the entire city but also has jurisdiction spanning Satara, Sangli, Solapur and Kolhapur. Speaking to Chaitraly Deshmukh, he said,
Which department has the maximum number of arrest done by the ACB?
Revenue department, police, education, Municipal corporation, Irrigation department and now the new trend of arrests are from the health departments most of them are doctors who are demanding the bribe.
What is their modus?
This year in six months we have registered 87 cases of demanding bribe of which we have arrested 130 persons totally. Now a days, the trend is about hiring a private person who work as a agent between the officer and the layman. He is one who collect the amount and mediate between the two. In our trap this year we have arrested such 30 private persons.
What are the new trends of corruption in government machinery ?
Now money is not demanded but in many cases the officers are demanding piece of land or project concession to be given to them, gold, vehicles and asking people to deposit the money in their agent or other relatives accounts. So accordingly even the disappropriate assets cases have increase in city and after our inquiry we are being registering the cases.
Despite the traps statistic have increase but there is less per centage of conviction. Is there any effective steps taken by ACB?
Initally, the complainant use to lay the trap agains the officer out of person grudge and later they did not follow it on regular bases and many a time the complainant was not keen in following the court proceeding. But now the situation have changes and the conviction rate of ACB has increase by 30%. I am personally having a look on all the chargesheet file in court and also on regular bases we are having orientation courses about how to lay a trap and make the case strong. We have appointed an court officer who will be seated in the special court where our ACB cases are heard. He keeps daily updates about the cases, the stages and other ACB proceeding. This is helping us and our officers to understand the stage of the case and we can later inform the witness, complainant and our officers."
The ACB officials have appeal people can lodge complaints by sending emails to the department or call 020 – 26122134 / 26132802 and on the toll free no.: 9420901900.
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AnonymousJune 30, 2014
THE anti-corruption bureau (ACB), Mumbai have arrested BMC employee Raju Lingappa Kamble for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 1,200.
According to ACB official, the complainant has applied for duplicate birth certificate in September 2013 at BMC’s S-ward, Bhandup. Since then he was running from pillar to post. He met an officer Varang who was always saying that his file had gone in BMC headquarter.
Varang also suggested that if he wants certificate immediate he should meet Raju Kamble. Kamble is labour in health department, S-ward, Bhandup. The complainant met Kamble. He (Kamble) allegedly demanded Rs 1,200 in-turn of giving birth certificate. Having no wish to give bribe on June 26 complainant approached ACB office and registered FIR against him. On June 27 ACB officials verified the complainant’s allegation.
On June 30 ACB officials laid a trap and arrested Kamble while accepting bribe of Rs 1,200.
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