Pune, Apr 26 UNI | 3 months ago

Four people, including an RTI activist, have been arrested by officials of Anti-Corruption Bureau for allegedly accepting the bribe of Rs one lakh from the chairman of a housing society at Wadgaon-Maval, near Lonavala, around 50 kilometres from here.

The accused have been identified as circle officer Vikas Pandurang Patil (37) of Karla-Lonvala, former corporator of Mumbai Ganesh Bhimaji Tikone (58), RTI activist Sandeep Rajarama Tikone (32) of Maval and Anil Baban Taware (46) of Thane.

According to ACB superintendent of police Sarang Awad, the accused were allegedly harassing a society chairman in the name of illegal construction of the society, in which he is residing. They had demanded Rs two crore as bribe money to withdraw the case from Lok Aayukta, where they have filed the case against the society and its chairman.

Finally, the deal was finalised to Rs 1.15 crore, for which Rs one lakh as a token amount was to be given today.

The accused had called the complainant to a hotel located in Vadgaon Maval, where the money was to be handed over to them.

In the meantime, the complainant registered a complaint with ACB at Pune.

After verifying the complaint, an ACB team laid a trap near the hotel and arrested all the four people while accepting the bribe money of Rs one lakh, he added.

(Posted on 27-04-2014)