GUWAHATI, June 9: The Directorate of Vigilance & Anti-Corruption, Assam, on Friday, apprehended one Lat Mandal and his associate for taking bribe.
According to an official source, a complaint was received at Directorate of Vigilance & Anti-Corruption, Assam, alleging that Dilip Roy, Lat Mandal of Office of the Circle Officer, Raha Revenue Circle, District – Nagaon demanded Rs 20,000 as bribe from the complainant for issuing land holding number and trace map to the complainant. Later, the Lat Mandal had reduced the amount of bribe to Rs 15,000.
Unwilling to pay the bribe, the complainant approached the Directorate of Vigilance & Anti-Corruption, Assam for taking necessary legal action against the above-mentioned public servant, the statement said.
Accordingly, a trap was laid by a team from the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption, Assam, in the Office of the Circle Officer, Raha Revenue Circle, District – Nagaon.
Dilip Roy accepted a sum of Rs 5,000 as part of demanded bribe from the complainant in the office premises and immediately handed over the said amount to a middleman — Rahmat Ali. Both the Lat Mandal Dilip Roy and Rahmat Ali were apprehended immediately.
The tainted bribe money of Rs 5,000, which had been handed over by the Lat Mandal, has been recovered from the middleman Rahmat Ali’s possession and accordingly seized in presence of independent witnesses.
In this connection, a case has been registered in ACB Police Station on Friday vide ACB P.S. Case No. 41/2023 under Section 120(B) IPC, R/W Section 7(a) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 (as amended in 2018).