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Two VMC officials, local scribe held for bribery

Vadodara (Gujurat) Two officials of Vadodara Municipal Corporation and an editor of a local weekly were arrested by Anti-Corruption Bureau today for allegedly accepting bribe of Rs 1 lakh from a shop owner, a senior officer said.

ACB Deputy Director P R Gehlot had complained to VMC claiming illegal construction of shops in Diwalipura locality of the city.
ACB Deputy Director P R Gehlot had complained to VMC claiming illegal construction of shops in Diwalipura locality of the city.

The accused are identified as Dinesh Variya, a Surveyor and Chirag Rana, Additional Engineer, both attached to Town Planning department of the civic body, and Naisharg Joshi.

ACB Deputy Director P R Gehlot said Joshi had complained to VMC claiming illegal construction of shops in Diwalipura locality of the city.

He had allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 20 lakh from the complainant, a shop keeper, for withdrawing his plaint.

The deal was finally settled at Rs 6 lakh, which were to be paid in instalments.

After the shop owner approached the ACB, a trap was laid at his shop. Joshi was arrested when he was accepting Rs 1 lakh whereas Variya and Rana were arrested when they came to the spot after Joshi called them.

Variya and Rana have been suspended tonight, VMC commissioner Vinod Rao told PTI.

PTI

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