AHMEDABAD, 17 Nov: Amid chaos after note ban, two port trust officials of Gujarat have been arrested for accepting a bribe of Rs. 2.5 lakh in new currency notes.
Besides this Rs 40,000 were also recovered from the home of one of them.
It is worth shocking that the entire amount of Rs. 2.9 lakh was in new Rs. 2,000 notes, which had been launched on November 11.
Officials are ascertaining how they got money in new currency as the maximum money that can be withdrawn by an individual in a week from a single bank account is Rs. 24,000.
According to officials of Gujarat’s Anti-Corruption Bureau, Superintending Engineer P Srivivasu and Sub Divisional officer K Komtekar of the Kandla Port Trust had asked for a bribe of Rs. 4.4 lakh for clearing the pending bills of a private electrical firm.
On November 15, a middleman of the two officials, Rudreshar, had accepted part of the amount, which was Rs. 2.5 lakh, from the firm.
A trap was laid by the agency following a tip-off and the middleman had been apprehended. The electric firm owners had complained about bribe being sought by KPT officials to clear their pending bills.
Later, another Rs. 40,000 was seized from the home of Srinivasu. Officials informed that 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.
The newly launched Rs. 2000 notes have been fitted with multiple safety features which are likely to deter forgers.