2 food distribution office clerks arrested, one of them owns four-storey building
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The state Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) late on Wednesday arrested two officials of the food distribution office for accepting a bribe of Rs 60,000 from a ration shop owner. The suspects have been identified as clerk Ambadas Devram Chavan (43) and junior clerk Amitosh Ramchandra Patki (36).
During searches at the suspects' houses, the ACB sleuths found that Chavan was the owner of a four-storeyed building worth Rs 40 lakh at Sant Tukaram Nagar in Pimpri. The sleuths found Rs 15,61,600 in cash and jewellery worth Rs 10,69,000 from his residence. ACB sleuths said Chavan owns property worth Rs 66,30,600.
Pramod Rupchand Solanki (27) of Patil Estate at Shivajinagar lodged a complaint. ACB officials said Solanki's sister Santoshi Ruchand Solanki owns a licensed ration shop in Shivajinagar area. The government officials during a check had cancelled the licence of the shop as they found less food grains than mentioned in the shop's record books.
Santoshi filed an appeal against the decision at Mantralaya in Mumbai where Junior clerk Patki demanded Rs 1 lakh from Solankis to help them get an order to renew the licence through his senior officer. Also, Chavan demanded Rs 10,000 from Solankis to pass the order.
Later, Patki and Chavan told Solankis they will not pass any order till their demand is met. Solanki, however, filed a complaint against the two at ACB office in Pune.
The ACB team comprising deputy superintendents Rajendra Galande, B M Kale, inspectors Prakash Shinde, Kanchan Jadhav, havaldar Sitaram Dhawde, Mohan Jadhav, police naik Vijay Mali laid a trap at the food distribution office in the central building around 7 pm on Wednesday and nabbed Chavan and Patki while accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 and Rs 50,000 respectively. ACB team later conducted searches and found cash and jewellery at Chavan's residence. The suspects were produced before the court on Thursday where they were remanded in police custody till November 3.
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