ACB arrests PMC dy engineer for graft

A deputy engineer attached to the building permission department of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) was arrested on Friday by the anti-corruption bureau (ACB), Pune, while allegedly accepting Rs 2,000 as bribe from an architect to approve a building plan.

Anti-corruption bureau officials said the engineer, identified as Pratap Dhaygude (43) of Pandurang Colony in Erandwane, was arrested after a complaint by Mandar Shekhar Ghate (32), an architect from Paud Road.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACB) Rajendra Galande said, "Ghate had prepared building plans for an industrial unit and a workshop in Ramtekdi area in Hadapsar Industrial Estate. Subsequently, he submitted the drawings to the Auto DCR (Development Control Rights) wing of the building permission department. After the drawing was cleared by the computerised scrutiny system, suspect Dhaygude demanded Rs 2,000 for approving the drawing. He also said that the plan will not be passed unless the money was paid. Dhaygude is the signing authority for clearance of plans."

Superintendent of police with ACB Sarang Awad said, "Ghate lodged a complaint with us. We laid a trap and arrested Dhaygude red-handed while accepting the bribe." Along with Galande and Awad, the ACB team included police inspector Prakash Shinde, police constables Dhashrath Chinchkar and Prabhavati Gaikwad.

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