Officials of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested a Deputy Executive Engineer and a Junior Engineer of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) for accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh from an electricity contractor to pass his proposal of 73 new connections.
They also arrested a labourer for accepting the bribe on behalf of the two engineers at MSEDCL office in Nigdi yesterday afternoon. The arrested persons were identified as Sandip Darwade (34) and Kunal Pensalwar (28), the two engineers, and labourer Hiraman Kadam (48). The trio was arrested after contractor Sunil Brahme registered a complaint against the engineers with the ACB officials.
“Brahme had visited the MSEDCL office on January 10 with a proposal to install 73 new connections in Akurdi. But both the engineers demanded Rs 5 lakh to pass the proposal,” ACB Police Inspector Rajendra Galande said.
Galande added that instead of paying the bribe, Brahme approached the ACB office and lodged a complaint against the engineers. After registering the complaint, Brahme settled the deal for Rs 2 lakh and said he would initially pay half of the amount. A trap was laid and Kadam was arrested red-handed.
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