Senior PWD clerk booked for graft

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A senior clerk with Public Works Department (PWD) has been booked for allegedly demanding Rs. 1.50 lakh bribe to speed up the process of the complainant’s application, seeking job on compassionate grounds in the department after his father’s demise, police said.

The accused Dileep Bhosale (51), senior clerk with the PWD office in suburban Chembur, was booked yesterday under the provision of Prevention of Corruption Act of 1988, said Rajesh Bagalkote, Assistant Police Commissioner (ACB).

According to Mumbai Unit of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), the victim’s father who worked with the PWD office in Chembur as a labourer died some years ago. The victim sought job in his father’s position and submitted all the required documents in May 2013.

In June last year, the victim visited the office to enquire about his application status when Bhosale assured quickening up of his case provided the victim shells out Rs. 1.50 lakh.

The complainant agreed to pay the bribe and it was decided that Bhosale would receive Rs. 50,000 as first installment.

“The victim subsequently approached the ACB. We gathered all evidence against the accused and booked him in the case yesterday,” Bagalkote said.