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Two civic body officials held for bribery


blackmoneyThane: Two officials of a civic body’s Local Body Tax (LBT) department here have been arrested for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs one lakh from a complainant, ACB said today.

Deepak Pandurang Chimankare (42), Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation’s (UMC) sectional engineer who has additional charge as assistant municipal commissioner, had allegedly demanded Rs two lakh from Anil Motiram Harchwani for favouring him in the payment of LBT, Thane ACB unit’s Additional SP Srinivas Ghatge said.

The accused later settled the deal for Rs one lakh, he added.

Harchwani then lodged a complaint with the ACB which laid a trap and arrested the official while he was accepting the money last night at around 9 PM, he said.

While the ACB was trying to lay the trap on Chimankare, the sleuths also learnt about the alleged involvement of UMC’s LBT department inspector Parshuram Gaikwad in the case, SP ACB-Thane Datta Karale said.

Subsequently, Gaikwad was also nabbed, he said. However, his extent of involvement was not specified by the ACB.

The two accused have been charged under sections 7, 13(1)(d) and 13(2) of Prevention of Corruption Act, the ACB added.


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