Field supervisor Rakesh Kumar Pascal caught red-handed taking Rs 60,000 bribe.
District soil conservation officer, Giridih, Dinesh Manjhi asked complainant to meet field supervisor when he met him requesting to release the due payment
Ninth trap of ACB in 2018
Vaishnavi | Jharkhand:
A team of anti-corruption bureau (ACB), Dhanbad on Thursday arrested two employees of district soil conservation department and recovered Rs 8 lakhs from their houses in Giridih.
ACB officers first caught field supervisor, Rakesh Kumar Pascal while taking bribe of Rs 60,000 for releasing payment pending against construction of pond in Dumri area of Giridih. Later ACB team conducted raid in his residence. Conducting further raid ACB team arrested head clerk of Soil Conservation Department, Rakesh Kumar. Rs 8 lakh was recovered from the residences of both the employees, said Sudarshan Mandal, SP, ACB Dhanbad.
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Pascal has demanded 19 percent commission from the committee members of Water Panchayat. Pond was constructed by the committee constituted forming Water Panchayat. A budget of Rs 15,85,000 was allocated for construction of the pond, said Sudarshan Mandal, SP.
Complainant Ashok Kumar a resident of Telkhera of Dumri lodged complained to ACB about the unethical demand of Pascal for passing the due payment. Kumar stated that he was elected as president of Water Panchayat constituted for construction of pond in the village. A bank account was opened in which, as per direction of Soil Conservation officer, committee deposited Rs 1.5 lakhs.
However the construction work got completed by June and junior engineer of Irrigation department after assessing the spot and quality of work gave green signal.
On August 10, payment of Rs 8,80, 700 was done by the government, and rest of the payement was put on hold. Kumar said to ACB that when they met district soil conservation officer, Dinesh Manjhi requesting to release the due payment. He asked them to meet Pascal for solution.
Kumar mentioned in the complaint that “Pascal demanded 19 percent commission against Rs 8,80,700 received in the bank account to release the remaining due amount”.
Kumar doesn’t’ want to give bribe and reported the matter to ACB. The ACB officers on direction of SP, Sudarsan Mandal caught Pascal red handed taking bribe of Rs 60,000. A FIR has been lodged with ACB Police Station, Dhanbad and investigation is on.
This was the nine trap of ACB, Dhanbad. Earlier this month ACB team had caught Mukesh Kumar, stenographer of DC Bokaro confidential section, taking bribe of Rs 71,000 near DC Bungalow.
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