KDMC Corporator among three held for Rs. 4 lakh bribe

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A local Corporator and two others, including a civic engineer, were arrested today for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs. 4 lakh from a woman for not razing her shop, Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) sources said.

The arrested were identified as Vidyadhar Govind Bhoir, a Corporator of Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC), Deputy Engineer Dattatray Laxman Mastud and Vilas Pandurang Kadu, a peon of the civic body, they said.

Bhoir and Mastud originally demanded Rs. 8 lakh for not demolishing the shop, reportedly built illegally, of one Ritu Kishor Bhatia. They later settled for Rs. 4 lakh, the sources said. In the meantime, the woman lodged a complaint with the ACB, which laid a trap and caught the peon accepting the bribe on behalf of the Corporator of the Engineer, they said, adding the trio had been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act.