Government Official Apprehended for Alleged Bribery of ₹5,000 in Thane

In a disconcerting turn of events, an official affiliated with the Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP), a state government undertaking, has been arrested on charges of soliciting and receiving a ₹5,000 bribe from an individual in Thane district. The apprehension was executed by the diligent efforts of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), underscoring their unwavering commitment to combat corruption within public service.

Senior Clerk of Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran Booked Under Prevention of Corruption Act

In a significant development, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) took action on Thursday by registering a case against Mr. Sripat Khade, a senior clerk aged 52, employed with the Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP). The case has been filed under the Prevention of Corruption Act, as confirmed by Deputy Superintendent of Police, ACB Thane, Mr. Sanju John.

This legal action underscores the determination of law enforcement authorities to combat corruption within government agencies effectively. Mr. Khade, in his capacity as a senior clerk, is alleged to have engaged in activities that are in violation of ethical and legal standards governing public service.

The accused official reportedly solicited a sum of ₹5,000 from the complainant, ostensibly in exchange for facilitating the complainant’s registration as a contractor with the Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP). This alleged act of solicitation and acceptance of a bribe underscores a grave breach of ethical and legal standards that govern public service.

The Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP) is a state government undertaking with a pivotal role in providing technical approvals and executing water supply and sewerage projects. As a government agency, the MJP is responsible for overseeing and facilitating the development and maintenance of critical infrastructure related to water supply and sewerage systems within the state of Maharashtra.

On Thursday, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) unit based in Thane conducted a well-coordinated operation by setting a trap, resulting in the arrest of the accused government official. The arrest was made at the precise moment when the official was in the process of accepting the bribe amount, as reported by an official from the ACB.

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