Forest Ranger booked for taking Rs 6,000 bribe
Officials from the Aurangabad unit of the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) caught red-handed a Forest Ranger attached with Jalna forest office for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 6,000 from a farmer. According to the ACB officials, complainant Saber Ali, a farmer hailing from Dhad village of Jafarabad tehshil, wanted to transport Teak wood weighing 27 tonnes from one place to another.
Clearance for the transportation is granted by the Forest Department for which Ali applied to the Forest Ranger Office a few days ago. But, Forest Ranger Viswantah Akahde sought Rs 6,000 as bribe for issuing the permission to Ali. Meanwhile, Ali who was reluctant to pay the bribe amount lodged a complaint against Akhade with the ACB.
After verifying the facts mentioned in the complaint, the officials of ACB team laid a trap last evening near Jaibhawani nagar in Sillod where Akhade resides in rented house and caught him red-handed while accepting the bribe amount from Ali, in presence of eye witnesses, an ACB statement said.
A case under Sections 7, 13(1)(D) and 13(2) of the Anti-Corruption Act, 1988 has been registered with the Sillod police station against him, the statement added.
(Posted on 15-04-2014)