An education officer has been booked by officers of the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe from a teacher in exchange for facilitating his posting at a particular school.
The accused public servant, identified as Lata Sanap, 50, was caught redhanded while accepting a bribe at her home on Monday, officials said. She is the education officer (primary section) for the Palghar district. According to the ACB, Sanap had demanded Rs 50,000 from the teacher in exchange for facilitating his appointment at a school in Vasai Taluka.
The complainant did not want to pay the bribe and approached the ACB to file a written complaint against Sanap. “Verification of the allegations made by the complainant against Sanap revealed that Sanap had demanded the bribe amount and the deal was later finalised at Rs 25,000,” said deputy superintendent of police (ACB, Palghar) Navnath Jagtap. Accordingly, a trap was laid and Sanap was caught accepting Rs 25000 from the complainant at her Palghar residence.
“The accused public servant will be produced before the concerned court where we would seek her ACB remand,” said an ACB official. Sanap has been booked under section 7 (public servant taking gratification other than legal remuneration in respect of an official act) of The Prevention of Corruption Act.