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Complaint leads to arrest of junior assistant for bribery

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Sept 15: A complaint was lodged at the State Directorate of Vigilance & Anti-Corruption, alleging corrupt activities by Choukat Ali, a junior assistant employed in the Office of the Circle Officer, Sarupeta Revenue Circle, Bajali district. It was claimed that Ali had demanded a bribe of Rs 25,000 from the complainant in exchange for processing land sale permission.

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Refusing to yield to the demand for a bribe, the complainant sought the intervention of this Directorate, requesting necessary legal action against the aforementioned public servant.

Consequently, on Friday, a team from the State Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption, meticulously planned an operation. This operation was carried out at the Office of the Circle Officer, Sarupeta Revenue Circle, Bajali. Choukat Ali, the junior assistant in the Sarupeta Revenue Circle Office, was apprehended in the act at 12:35 pm. He was caught red-handed accepting a sum of Rs 4,000, which was part of the bribe initially demanded from the complainant. The tainted bribe money was seized from Ali’s possession in the presence of impartial witnesses.

Subsequently, with ample evidence against the accused public servant, the State Directorate of Vigilance & Anti-Corruption, took him into custody.

In connection with this incident, a case has been formally registered at the ACB Police Station on Friday, under Section 7(a) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 (as amended in 2018), bearing the reference ACB PS Case No 70/2023.

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Legal procedures are currently in progress to address this matter appropriately.

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