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Govt official takes bribe in Rs 2,000 notes, held

by Manish Sen
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Mumbai: A senior assistant of Kolhapur zilla parishad in Maharashtra was arrested today for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 35,000, which contained 17 newly introduced Rs 2,000 currency notes, ACB officials said.

Maharashtra ACB Chief Satish Mathur.

Maharashtra ACB Chief Satish Mathur

Chandrakant Sawardekar (45) was apprehended by the sleuths of Anti-Corruption Bureau while accepting the bribe from the complainant, who was due for promotion as a principal in a zilla parishad-run school, an ACB official said.

According to the official, Sawardekar had assured help to the complainant by putting a fresh proposal of promotion to the zilla parishad administration. For this, he had demanded a bribe of Rs 40,000 and after negotiation, it was settled at Rs 35,000.

Following a complaint, a trap was laid and Sawardekar was apprehended while taking the bribe, which contained 17 newly introduced Rs 2,000 currency notes, he said, adding a probe is underway.

Earlier this week, the Narendra Modi government had demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes and introduced the magenta-coloured Rs 2,000 notes.

PTI

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