Two clerks from Pune Municipal Corporation’s Tax Collection Department in Anti-Corruption Bureau net

Pune ACB News

Pune: The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), Pune has arrested two clerks from the Aundh-Baner Ward Office of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) while accepting a bribe of Rs 25,000 to reduce property tax on a newly built house of a citizen.

The arrested clerks have been identified as Sumit Rajendra Chandere (28) and Prashant Shivajirao Ghadge (34). A case was registered against them at the Chatuhshrungi Police Station late on Tuesday night (June 11).

A senior citizen lodged a complaint with the ACB in this connection on Monday (June 10). Chandere and Ghadge work as typist-cum-clerk in the Aundh-Baner Ward Office of the PMC. The complainant has built a new house. Hence, he applied to the Ward Office for property tax. Ghadge promised him to reduce the tax, for which Ghadge and Chandere demanded the bribe of Rs 25,000. The senior citizen then approached the ACB and lodged a complaint.

An ACB squad verified the complaint. It was proved that the two clerks had demanded Rs 25,000 to reduce the property tax bill. A trap was laid in the parking area of the Aundh-Baner Ward Office on Tuesday evening. Chandere and Ghadge were caught red-handed while accepting the bribe.

The action was taken under the guidance of SP Amol Tambe, Addl SP Sheetal Janve by DySP Nitin Jadhav and PI Atul Bhosale.

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