Chair­man of school held for tak­ing `1 lakh bribe

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

The Navi Mum­bai unit of the Anti-Cor­rup­tion Bu­reau (ACB) ar­rested the chair­man of a gov­ern­ment-aided school on Thurs­day for tak­ing a bribe of Rs 1 lakh from a woman who had ap­plied for the post of a teacher in the Raigad-based school.

The po­lice said Lax­man Yeram, 59 de­manded Rs 10 lakh from the 26-year-old com­plainant in ex­change for the job. Af­ter ne­go­ti­at­ing, he de­manded Rs 8 lakh.

“The com­plainant, a Juina­gar res­i­dent, nar­rated the episode to us. We laid a trap to ar­rest the ac­cused,” said Dhan­raj Jalak, po­lice in­spec­tor from the ACB.

Act­ing on the po­lice’s or­ders, the com­plainant called Yeram to Nerul on Fri­day af­ter­noon to give him Rs 1 lakh, the first in­stall­ment.

“She had told him that the money would be given to him af­ter she with­drew it from a bank at sec­tor 15. Our of­fi­cials there ar­rested the ac­cused while he was ac­cept­ing the cash from her,” he said.

The po­lice have booked the ac­cused un­der rel­e­vant sec­tions of the Pre­ven­tion of Cor­rup­tion Act, 1988. He was pro­duced be­fore the ju­di­cial court on Fri­day.

The po­lice are now in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case to find out if he ac­cused has ac­cepted any more bribes us­ing the same modus operandi.

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