Officials of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested a 48-year-old official in the sub-registrar’s office at Sakhar Sankul in Shivajinagar on Wednesday evening on the charge of accepting a bribe of Rs 11,000. After cops searched accused Sunil Gopal Karhadkar’s house, they recovered assets worth Rs 22.09 lakh.
A team comprising additional superintendent of police Dattatray Datar, deputy superintendents Rajendra Galande and Bapu Kale, and inspector Subhashchandra Deshmukh conducted the raid at the sub-registrar’s office, after Sanjay Vishnu Kshatriya (42), a contractor, lodged a complaint against Karhadkar for demanding bribe to issue a conveyance deed.
ACB SP Sarang Awad said, “The complainant is a member of the Chandrangan Society at Ambegaon Pathar which was formed in June this year. After Kshatriya submitted an application for getting the conveyance deed, the district sub-registrar granted him permission for the same and instructed his subordinate Karhadkar to issue it. Karhadkar, however, demanded Rs 1,000 from each of the 22 flat owners of the society for issuing the conveyance deed.”
“After consulting society members, Kshatriya contacted the ACB, and we laid a trap at the sub-registrar’s office. As bait, Kshatriya offered to pay Rs 500 per flat, to which Karhadkar agreed. When the money was exchanging hands, our sleuths seized the bribe amount from Karhadkar and arrested him,” Awad said.
Call ACB to report bribery
Superintendent of Police Sarang Awad of the Anti-Corruption Bureau has appealed to citizens that if any government official demands bribe from them, they should contact the ACB office at: 020 26122134, 26128891, 26132802