State Trans­port med­i­cal of­fi­cer held for graft

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The com­plainant had spent around Rs2 lakh for his treat­ment. When he ap­proached the ac­cused for get­ting the bill signed, he de­manded Rs6,000 from him.

V JOSHI, deputy su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice of ACB

The anti-cor­rup­tion bureau (ACB) of Navi Mum­bai unit ar­rested a med­i­cal of­fi­cer of State Trans­port for al­legedly tak­ing Rs6,000 bribe from one of their em­ploy­ees on Wed­nes­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the ACB of­fi­cials, the ac­cused Jash­want Tham­bre, 44, had de­manded the money to sign on the med­i­cal bill of the com­plainant. He was caught red-handed while ac­cept­ing the cash.

“Ac­cord­ing to their pro­to­col, when an em­ployee wants re­im­burse­ment of his or her med­i­cal ex­pen­di­tures, their med­i­cal of­fi­cer has to sign on the bill. The com­plaint had spent around Rs2 lakh for his treat­ment. When he ap­proached the ac­cused for get­ting the bill signed, Tham­bre asked for the amount from him,” said V Joshi, deputy su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice of ACB.

“When the com­plaint came to us, we asked him to go head ac­cord­ing to our plan and laid a trap to ar­rest the ac­cused. Fi­nally, we ar­rested the ac­cused at his dis­pen­sary at Pan­vel red­handed while ac­cept­ing the cash,” he added.

The anti-cor­rup­tion bureau of Navi Mum­bai, which came into ex­is­tence in 2009, has reg­is­tered over 50 cases till last year.

“We do not re­veal the names of the com­plainants in any case. So peo­ple should feel safe to get cases reg­is­tered against even se­nior govern­ment of­fi­cials,” an­other of­fi­cial from the ACB said.

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