APDCL Officials Caught Red-Handed Taking Bribe of Rs 80,000, Arrested
GUWAHATI: A team of Assam Anti Corruption Bureau on December 6, caught two official of Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL) for taking a bribe.
According to a press release from the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption, Assam, Prakash Ranjan Dutta, Asst. General Manager, Testing & Commissioning (T&C) Division, APDCL has been caught red handed while accepting a bribe from a contractor.
The AGM was accepting a Bribe amount of Rs. 80,000 from complainant Diganta Goswami, Electrical Contractor, in the KF Bar Cum Restaurant, Mission Chariali, Tezpur. The bribe money has been seized from the possession of the accused by the ACB team.
Earlier, the accused along with co-accused Jatin Kr Dhekial Phukan, Asstt. Manager, T&C Div, APDCL, Tezpur, had demanded a bribe of Rs. 1,00,000 for giving clearances for installing a Solar Meters Systems and to activate it at the manufacturing Unit of Dabur India Ltd., Ghoramari, Balipara, Tezpur.
Later the amount was negotiated down to Rs. 80,000.
The complainant later approached the ACB PS in the Directorate of Vigilance & Anti Corruption, Assam and a case was registered vide ACB PS Case No. 14/2019 U/S 7(a)/13(1)(b)/13(2) of PC Act.
The accused Prakash Ranjan Dutta had called the complainant for handing over the bribe amount on 6th Dec, 2019 evening and a trap was laid by the ACB team and the accused was caught red handed in possession of the bribe amount.
Based on available evidence, the FIR named co-accused Jatin Kr Dhekial Phukan was examined by ACB officials at his temporary residence situated at Dimaruguri, Nagaon for his involvement in demand of bribe from the complainant.
Later he was arrested for his involvement in the case, after observing proper formalities.
Both the arrested accused shall be forwarded before the Court of Special Judge, Assam in Guwahati today.