RTI officer arrested for demanding bribe

Jun 24, 2012, 10:29 IST | A Correspondent

On Friday, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested a Right To Information (RTI) officer employed at the election office in Goregaon, for accepting a bribe of Rs 8,000 from a painter

The painter had sought information regarding the 1995 voters list. 

The accused, Padmini Padmanabh Puranik was caught by the ACB officials at Vidhansabha Matdar Sangh office, Unnat Nagar, Goregaon (west). A day after the complainant filed an RTI and asked for the information, Puranik called him on his mobile phone and told him that the fee for lists numbered 205-207 will be Rs 1,548.

She also suggested that if he wanted the list immediately, he should be pay Rs 2,000 per list, which totals Rs 8,000.

The painter then complained to the ACB officials, who arrested Puranik.

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