Sweeper scam: Mumbai Crime Branch arrests two more BMC workers

So far, 17 accused arrested in BMC sweeper scam that mid-day exposed late last year

UNIT 3 of the Crime Branch has arrested two more BMC employees and another individual for their involvement in the sweeper scam which came to light with a mid-day report dated November 7, 2015. The scam also includes the Deputy Superintendent of the central suburbs.

Till date, Unit 3 has interrogated staffers across two wards under its jurisdiction — D ward and G South ward. Now, it has started investigating E ward.

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According to police officials, the Deputy Superintendent identified as Pramod Kaskar and an individual named Mukesh Zala were arrested earlier this week, while a BMC sweeper identified as Kiran Maru (28) was arrested on Friday. So far, the police have arrested 17 accused in the scam.

An officer from Unit 3 said, “In 2012, Kaskar was deployed with BMC’s G South ward, where he had knowingly signed the fake job application and issued it to the head office. However he alleged that he had issued only seven to eight applications in his tenure at G South. He earned Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 per application. On the other hand, Zala was involved in making fake documents of employees.”

The police allege that the third accused, Maru, worked under main accused Kunal Jogadia and assisted him in luring applicants and employing them with the BMC sweeper section. Maru had even employed his wife with the department using the same modus operandi.

“When we started inquiring about the applications of all BMC staffers employed in the last five years with these two wards, we learnt of their involvement,” an officer said.

The three accused has been booked under relevant sections of cheating and forgery and remanded to police custody till January 19.

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