JAIPUR: The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Thursday arrested a Rajasthan Forest Service (RFS) officer posted as Principal Conservator of Forests (PCF) at National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary at Sawai Madhopur for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 4 lakh. He had demanded the bribe as commission for clearing the payments of pending dues of the complainant.
Senior officers of the ACB stated that serious complaints had been made against the officer Furkaan Ali Khatri for a long time. A complainant approached the ACB and narrated his plight stating that his bills for the developmental works have not been cleared and the accused has been demanding bribe.
“The complainant had not received his outstanding payments for several development works carried out by him. Khatri demanded money as commission in return of releasing payments,” B L Soni, DG, ACB, told TOI.
An ACB team was assigned the task of verifying the complaint. The accused had initially demanded a bribe of Rs 4 lakh out of which he had taken Rs 1 lakh at the time of verification. “He was asking 20% as commission for clearing the bills. During verification, he had already taken Rs 1 lakh and finally when he accepted Rs 3 lakh he was caught red handed by our team,” Soni added.
“After the verification of the complaint, a team was sent to Sawai Madhopur, which laid the trap in which the accused was arrested,” Soni added.
Senior officials stated that the complaint kept pleading for the clearance of his bills, but Khatri insisted that until his commission is not cleared he is not going to clear the bills.
The accused was arrested from Sawai Madhopur and was booked under appropriate sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act. “Searches at his residence in Sawai Madhopur and Kota are on,” said a senior officer.