2 of the personnel from the Watershed department have been arrested in a case of bribe. Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) planned a trap for these 2 officers.
There were reports of AEN and JEN of the Watershed department taking bribe from contractors. These two officers used to take advance cheques as commission from contractors. Just to avoid the situation of denial by the contractors post work done, these two men took advance cheques from them.
AEN Vipin Bapna s/o Shiv Kumar resident of Bhupalpura and JEN Gopal s/o Ramlal Pate resident of Manva Kheda have been arrested in this matter. A cheque of 2 lakh 4 thousand rupees from AEN’s house and cheque of 7 lakh rupees from JEN’s house were recovered, as informed by ASP Dr. Rajesh Bharadwaj.
The department had announced tenders of 1 crore rupees for trench and check-dam in Kathar village of Badgaon region. The contract was done in the name of Dashrath Singh Shaktawat. This contract was represented by Ratan Singh Chundawat. Cost of task completed was worth 80 lakh rupees. Approval for a bill of 40 lakh was still pending. AEN and JEN asked for 20 percent of the amount for approving the bill. This amounted to 8 lakh 4 thousand rupees.
Rattan Singh had paid 6 lakh rupees as bribe in different instalments for having the bill approved. Prior to this, AEN and JEN had taken advance cheque of 7 lakh rupees while approving the bill. They even threatened Ratan Singh that if the balance amount is not paid to them, they would use the advance cheque against him and also do away with no-dues.
Since this mental harassment was way beyond control, Ratan Singh reported the whole incident to the ACB office. On Monday, ACB team set up a trap under Director Harish Chandra Singh and Hanuwant Singh. Ratan Singh was called home by AEN for the bribe amount. AEN was caught red-handed by the ACB team with a cheque of 2 lakh 4 thousand rupees. Later they went to JEN’s residence in Manva Kheda and arrested him after recovering the cheque of 7 lakh rupees.
It was reported that JEN Gopal entered the watershed department in 2015. He was on probation in Pratap Nagar branch. He started taking bribe while still in probation period. His probation ended on 6th November.
AEN Vipin Bapna entered the department in 1997 as JEN and got promoted as AEN in 2013. Since then he was working on this post.