Thane: TMC peon caught taking bribe for water connection

ACB nabbed the accused red-handed and recorded the crime on tape as evidence

A peon posted in a ward office of Thane Municipal Corporation was arrested yesterday, for accepting a bribe in exchange for allotting a new water connection. The victim, Vijay Gopinath Waghate, alleged that the accused Rajesh Yashwant Jadhav (43) initially demanded R10,000 from him, but later settled for Rs 5,000.

The accused peon Rajesh Yashwant Jadhav
The accused peon Rajesh Yashwant Jadhav

Since he works as a daily wage labourer and his 40-year-old wife suffers from severe case of diabetes, fetching water is a problem. They have to travel around 2 km to get water as they reside in Yeoor, which is a tribal-dominated forest area. Hence, Wagate approached the officials of Ward number 4 of TMC (west) a month ago to ask the procedure to get a new connection.

“I wrote a letter to the Thane Municipal Corporation for a new water connection. Even after a month, there was no response. So I approached them again and was asked to meet Jadhav to get the water connection. I had all the necessary documents, but was asked to approach Jadhav, anyway. Jadhav asked me to pay R10,000 initially but later the amount came down to Rs 5,000,” said Waghate.

ACB trap
The complainant then approached the Anti-Corruption Bureau office on May 17, who set up a trap and caught Jadhav while accepting the money.

“We have recorded the act as an evidence to show to the court,” said Datta Karale, Superintendent of Police, ACB, Thane.

A case has been registered against Jadhav, who will be produced in the court today.

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