Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Balasore, Oct 4:
An Assistant Engineer working with Odisha Lift Irrigation Corporation Division here was today apprehended by Vigilance sleuths while accepting bribe.
Basing on the complaint of one Kartika Chandra Prusty of Begampur under Remuna police limits in the district, a case was registered against Kumuda Chandra Pradhan for demanding illegal gratification of Rs 10, 000 from the complainant to process the file for execution of an agreement with the Executive Engineer, OLIC, Balasore.
As per Vigilance sources, Prusty— who is a HT Electrical Contractor— was awarded with the work ‘Hingila Shallow Project’ for Rs.15,00,404 by the Executive Engineer, OLIC, Balasore. Accordingly, he submitted the relevant documents in his office to execute agreement with the Executive Engineer. However, Pradhan allegedly demanded the bribe from Prusty to process the file.
A trap was laid today in the office of the accused inside the premises of OLIC Office. The accused was caught red handed by the Vigilance officials, while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs 10, 000 from the complainant. The accused received the bribe in his right hand and kept it in his left side chest pocket of his shirt. The right hand wash and shirt pocket wash of the accused were taken in sodium carbonate solution, which gave positive chemical reaction confirming acceptance of bribe money. The accused has been arrested and will be forwarded to the court. Meanwhile, the residential quarters of Prusty was being searched to unearth disproportionate assets.