NASHIK: Even as the anti-corruption bureau's (ACB) Vigilance Awareness Week was underway, the ACB sleuths last Thursday arrested a land surveyor in Yaval tehsil of Jalgaon while accepting a bribe of Rs 3,000 from a woman.
The accused has been identified as Chandrashekhar Varule. The officials of Jalgaon unit of the ACB said that Vijaya Ramesh Yadav of Yaval tehsil had been visiting the land records office at Yaval to get an old house, which belonged to her deceased mother, transferred to her name. However, Varule kept on postponing the process, the officials said. Thereafter, Yadav authorized a person to get the work done from the land records office. The concerned person approached Varule, who decided to expedite the work if he was paid Rs 10,000.
Thereafter, it was agreed that Varule would be paid Rs 6,000 for executing the job. Accordingly, Varule was paid Rs 3,000 on October 10 and the remaining amount was to be paid on October 31. However, the concerned person contacted the ACB, following which a trap was laid at the land records office. Varlue was caught red-handed while accepting the bribe money around 3pm on Thursday.
Various events mark Vigilance Awareness Week
The Vigilance Awareness Week organized by the ACB, Nashik range, concluded on Saturday with a series of programmes held to spread awareness to eliminate corruption.
The six-day event, which began on October 28 with the ACB officials taking oath to eliminate corruption and messages from the governor and chief minister at the Nashik ACB office, included a series of programmes such as workshops, seminars, street plays and folk songs.
Bhimrao Jadhav, additional superintendent of ACB, Nashik Range, said, "A large number of people in rural as well as the urban areas are affected by corruption every day. However, no one is available to help them out. The aim of the Vigilance Awareness Week was to spread awareness among such people so that they can confidently approach the ACB if the government employees and officials are harassing them by demanding bribes. The response to all the programmes conducted by the ACB was enthusiastic."
On October 29, the ACB organized a rally in which the participants, sporting posters of Vigilance Awareness Week, shouted slogans against corruption by government officials. On the same day, a lecture was organized for industrialists as well as officials and employees of the district industry centre (DIC), Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) and labour department in Satpur area.
On Wednesday, the ACB officials spread awareness against corruption by giving interviews on a couple of radio channels. Awareness programmes were also held in various government departments, including police stations at Chandwad, Nandgaon, Peth and other parts of the district.
ACB officials said that street plays were organized in various government offices in the city on Thursday. Officials said that the plays, which were based on the theme of eliminating corruption, were held at Nashik Municipal Corporation, district collectorate and zilla parishad. The plays were organized by the ACB in association with Swanand Hasya Club in Savarkarnagar on Gangapur Road and Prasad Theatre.
Jadhav said that on Friday, a day-long workshop was organized at the police commissionerate for police officials and employees. The workshop was inaugurated by police commissioner Kulwant Kumar Sarangal, during which public prosecutors Shreedhar Mane and Ajay Misar talked about the loopholes in investigations of various cases and how they could be overcome to arrive at a better conviction rate. In the afternoon session of the workshop, defence lawyers Avinash Bhide, Nilesh Mehta and others talked about cases related to bribery and the weak links in the investigation process that need to be overcome.
On the same day, various folk songs were presented by Bhimrao Pawar on eliminating corruption at Mumbai Naka, Shalimar Chowk and Pawannagar.
On Saturday, a lecture was organized at Cidco college wherein college students were appealed to actively participate in eliminating corruption. The students were also told about the functioning of the ACB.