Two officials of the Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL), Tezpur were arrested by a team of Assam Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) for accepting bribe money.
Prakash Ranjan Dutta was caught while 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.
As per information, the accused along with co-accused Jatin Kr Dhekial Phukan, Assistant Manager, T&C Division, 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 had been negotiated down to Rs 80,000, officials said.
The complainant was not willing to pay the bribe amount and had approached the ACB Police Station 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.
Dutta had called the complainant for handing over the bribe amount on the evening of December 6th, 2019 and a trap was laid by the ACB team. The accused was caught red-handed in possession of the bribe amount, officials said. Phukan too was arrested from his temporary residence situated at Dimaruguri, Nagaon for his involvement in demanding bribe from the complainant, officials informed.
Both the arrested accused shall be forwarded before the Court of Special Judge, Assam at Guwahati on December 7th, 2019.
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