In Anna land, BMC officers caught by ACB while taking hefty bribe
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested two officers from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), an Assistant Municipal Commissioner (AMC) and a Junior Engineer, on charges of corruption on Saturday.
AMC Abdul Rashid Khan and Junior Engineer Ayub Mohammed Hanif Shaikh from the M East Ward (Chembur), were reportedly demanding a bribe from the proprietor of a firm that has been contracted by the BMC to supply garbage disposal vans in Chembur.
The duo allegedly asked for Rs 82,000 to clear a bill of Rs 27, 33,000 for the month of October that the BMC owed the proprietor. They also demanded a bribe of Rs 15 lakh to renew his contract, which will come up for renewal at the end of the year.
According to an ACB official, the proprietor, whose name has been withheld, started having difficulty clearing his bills, after Khan was made the new AMC of M East Ward in September, 2011.
The complainant was allegedly told that if he didn't shell out the bribe, his contract wouldn't be renewed and his pending bills would not be cleared. On ACB's advise, the complainant met the duo and taped their demands on Friday.
ACB laid out a trap on Saturday in Khan's office and arrested Shaikh accepting a bribe of Rs 82,000 from the complainant. Khan was arrested later in the day.