Anti-Corruption Bureau of Gujarat has arrested two port trust officials of state for accepting a bribe of Rs 2.5 lakh. Another Rs 40,000 were also seized from the home of one of them.
What stunned the officials is that the whole amount of Rs. 2.9 lakh was in new Rs. 2,000 notes, which had launched on November 11.
As the government has put limits on withdrawing money from ATMs and bank amounts since Prime Minister announced demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes on November 8, the most money that can be withdrawn by an individual in a week from a single bank account is Rs. 24,000 now.
Gujarat’s Anti-Corruption Bureau officials informed that Superintending Engineer P Srivivasu and Sub-Divisional officer K Komtekar of the Kandla Port Trust had sought a bribe of Rs. 4.4 lakh for clearing the pending bills of a private electrical firm, reported a TV channel.
A middleman of the two officials, Rudreshar, had accepted part of the amount, which was Rs. 2.5 lakh on November 15, from the firm.
The Anti-corruption bureau had laid a trap and the middleman was arrested. The bureau was tipped off by the electric firm owners who had complained about bribe being sought by KPT officials to clear their pending bills.
Later, another Rs. 40,000 was recovered from the home of Srinivasu. Officials said he had confessed that he received the money earlier, which was the balance of the deal. The ACB officials are now investigating how the currency notes had been obtained.