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Assam Govt official held on graft charge

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GUWAHATI, Feb 6: The Directorate of Vigilance and Anti Corruption, Assam arrested a government official in the Chandmari area of Guwahati on graft charge on Monday.

According to a release by the directorate, a senior assistant of the office of the chief engineer, Irrigation, Assam was arrested on Monday by sleuths of the directorate of Vigilance and Anti Corruption (VAC) for allegedly demanding and accepting bribe in order to process a pension case.

The official was arrested while negotiating payment of a bribe from the complainant. As per the FIR, the constable had demanded Rs 2,000 as bribe from the complainant.

Unwilling to pay the amount, the complainant approached the directorate of VAC for initiating the necessary legal action against the public servant.

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“A trap was laid on Monday by a team from the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption, Assam, in the Office of the Chief Engineer, Irrigation, Assam, Chandmari, Guwahati. Deep Bania, senior assistant was caught red handed around 2 pm, immediately after he accepted Rs 2,000 as bribe from the complainant. The tainted bribe money has been recovered from his possession and has been seized in presence of independent witnesses. The above-mentioned public servant has been subsequently arrested by the team,” a directorate release stated.

“In this connection, a case has been registered in ACB Police Station on 06.02.2023 vide ACB P.S. Case No. 03/2023 U/S 7(a)of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 (as amended in 2018) against Deep Bania, and necessary legal follow up action is underway,” the release added.

 

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