Cops probe as­sets of tribal of­fi­cials in bribery case

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent

The po­lice have be­gun a dis­pro­por­tion­ate as­sets in­ves­ti­ga­tion against two se­nior of­fi­cials of the tribal depart­ment who were caught ac­cept­ing a bribe on April 15.

The Pal­ghar unit of the an­ti­cor­rup­tion bureau (ACB) ar­rested Milind Bhag­wan Gawade, 54, an In­dian Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ser­vice (IAS) of­fi­cer who was de­ployed as ad­di­tional com­mis­sioner, tribal, and Ki­ran Sukha­lal Mali, 39, deputy com­mis­sioner, tribal.

The state gov­ern­ment sus­pended them after they had been in po­lice cus­tody for more than 48 hours.

Of­fi­cials found Rs11.50 lakh after search­ing Mali’s of­fice on April 15. “Ac­cord­ing to the rules, the ac­cused was given a chance to ex­plain where he got the money from. Mali has not given us a sat­is­fac­tory ex­pla­na­tion for why there was such a large sum of money in his of­fice and what the source of the cash was,” said a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer privy to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The ACB is also look­ing into prop­er­ties owned by the two men.

The agency has searched Gawade's Versova home and Mali's Shah­pur res­i­dence. “We are also look­ing at their doc­u­ments,” said the of­fi­cer.

Mali and Gawade were caught after the rec­tor of a tribal hos­tel in Pal­ghar ap­proached the agency say­ing Gawade had asked him and 11 of his col­leagues for a bribe.

The rec­tor and his col­leagues work at the tribal hos­tel and were pro­moted four years ago.

Gawli, how­ever, claimed that their qual­i­fi­ca­tions were in­suf­fi­cient and threat­ened to de­mote them.

He al­legedly de­manded a bribe of Rs1 lakh from each of the care­tak­ers.

The ACB caught Mali red handed while he was ac­cept­ing the bribes.

The ACB reg­is­tered only one case of dis­pro­por­tion­ate as­sets across the state so far this year

There were 35 such cases reg is­tered in 2016 and 17 cases in 2016.

This year, the ACB has regis tered 245 so-called ‘trap cases across the state, in which gov ern­ment of­fi­cers or their ac­com plices were caught red-handed while ac­cept­ing bribes.

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