Vadodara builder held in city, sent in police custody

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After being arrested by police in a dramatic fashion from Ahmedabad the previous night, Sanjiv alias Sanju Bharambe, who is accused of forgery, criminal trespass and under the Prevention of Corruption Act, was remanded to eight-day police custody by a local court here on Saturday.

After former Padra mamlatdar, the builder is the second person to be arrested arrest in the case.

On a tip-off, Bharambe was picked up by Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) of Ahmedabad from near a shopping mall in Vastrapur area late Friday evening. Later, a team of Vadodara rural police led by police inspector Dharmendrasinh Chauhan went to Ahmedabad and brought the builder to Padra around midnight.

"Bharambe, his wife, daughter and a relative had gone for shopping in the mall. When he came out of the mall telling his family he was going to meet a lawyer, he was detained by Crime Branch and later arrested," Usha Raada, DySP (Vadodara Rural), said.

Around 3 pm, he was produced before Principal District and Sessions Judge K K Bhatt at the latter's official residence as courts were closed on Saturday. After around an hour-long hearing, the judge granted the police Bharambe's custody till February 16.

"We had sought his custody for 14 days. However, the court has granted his remand for eight days," Raada, who is investigation officer (IO) of the case, said.

Anshu Srivastav, a revenue officer who was posted as mamlatdar of Padra from 2007 to 2009, is already in police custody till Tuesday. She was arrested late Thursday for criminal conspiracy, taking bribe and criminal misbehaviour. Police claim Bharambe and Srivastav connived to execute land transactions by forging documents. The mamlatdar is accused of granting unauthorised permissions for non-agricultural (NA) use of for farmland and also forging revenue records causing revenue losses to the state exchequer.

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