2 municipal employees detained for asking for a bribe for the renovation of a house

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Thanks : The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested two council workers in Maharashtra’s Thane district in a bribery case to facilitate a man’s permission to renovate his house.

The man had applied for permission from the Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation (UMC) to renovate his dilapidated house and asked the authorities not to demolish it, the ACB said in a statement on Wednesday.

UMC supervisor Ratan Jadhav (50) reportedly demanded Rs 30,000 from the man for his superior, an assistant commissioner, for issuing the permission and not demolishing the construction. Later, the amount was negotiated at Rs 25,000, it is said.

The aggrieved man filed a complaint with the ACB’s Thane Unit which set a trap at the UMC office on Tuesday.

The anti-corruption agency arrested conservation worker Viya Teji (46) as he accepted Rs 25,000 from the plaintiff on behalf of the supervisor who was to pay the amount to the deputy commissioner, according to the statement.

The ACB also arrested Jadhav and efforts were made to catch the fleeing Assistant Commissioner.

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