BMC engineer caught for accepting Rs 40,000

A junior engineer with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) was on Saturday caught red handed by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) while accepting a bribe of Rs 40,000 in his office. According to ACB officials, Deepak Manjre is a junior engineer with the BMC's Buildings and Factories department.

The complainant is a resident of western suburbs and had recently started renovating his residence.

Earlier this week, Manjre visited complainant's residence in his absence and told workers that he had become aware of several violations committed by the complainant with regard to the renovation, and left a message for the complainant to meet him at his office.

Accordingly, the complainant met Manjre at his office in Santacruz (east) the next day.

Manjre threatened to stop the renovation and issue a notice to the complainant unless he paid a bribe of Rs 50,000. Unwilling to pay the bribe, the complainant approached the ACB who then laid a trap.

"On Saturday afternoon, the complainant visited Manjre's office and gave him the money. As soon as he accepted the amount, the complainant sent a pre-decided message to our officials who were outside the office posing as civilians. They moved in and arrested Manjre," said an ACB official.

Manjre has been booked under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act and is being questioned further to check if his offence is part of a larger racket, officials said.

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