‘KDMC top official sought bribe for each flat, finances under lens’
MUMBAI: The anti-corruption bureau (ACB) which arrested Sanjay Gharat, the additional municipal commissioner of Kalyan-dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC), and two clerks of the civic body in an ₹8 lakh graft case, revealed that bribes were sought for each flat for clearances.
The trap, laid by the ACB, revealed the bribery rates of the case. The accused were seeking ₹1 lakh per flat for a total of 49 flats in a seven-storey building con- structed by the complainant. “A total bribe of ₹45 lakh was sought, which was later negotiated to ₹35 lakh,” said the ACB officer adding that ₹8 lakh was the first instalment. The ACB has made the fourth arrest in the case, a 57-year-old man present in Gharat’s cabin. “We are ascertaining the role of the fourth person. He was arrested as there was no reason for him to assist Gharat in taking the bag which had money,” said a senior ACB officer. Searches were conducted at Gharat’s residence and office. Officers are scanning his documents to check whether he has amassed any ill-gotten wealth. “So far, we have not got anything but we are investigating,” said the ACB officer. Sources said that the complainant was fed up with the bureaucratic hurdles he was facing for clearing his project constructed in one of the 27 villages merged into the KDMC.
“Frustrated by the hindrances of the authorities, he reported the bribe demand after which the trap was laid by the ACB,” said the officer. ACB sources said that they have a strong case against Gharat and others as they have verified the bribe demand on three occasions in June. Further, an independent witness who saw the trap will also testify in this regard. “After the bribe was accepted, the accused were caught red-handed,” said the ACB officer. The accused were remanded in police custody up to June 18 by the court on Thursday.
KDMC additional commissioner Sanjay Gharat (right) was produced in the Kalyan court on Thursday.