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Gujarat: Tapi DEO, his workplace clerk arrested for ‘demanding bribe of Rs 10 lakh’

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By: Express News Service | Surat | October 18, 2020 12:33:27 am DEO Bharat PatelThe Surat Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), on Saturday, arrested the District Education Officer (DEO) of Tapi district and his workplace clerk for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 10 lakh, in alternate for withdrawing notices despatched to a trust-run faculty for tribals to cancel its recognition. A staff of DEO officers had performed a shock inspection on the faculty in the course of the lockdown interval and located some shortfalls.
The DEO of Tapi, Bharat Patel, had carried out a shock inspection at a self-financed secondary and better secondary faculty at Vyara city of Tapi district on July 1. Over 110 college students from lessons 9 to 12 research in six school rooms of the Gujarati medium faculty. All college students belong to tribal communities and the vast majority of them are ladies, as per faculty sources.
Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the college was closed in July and solely a safety guard was posted on the premises. The guard had intimated the college principal in regards to the DEO’s shock go to. The principal had then reached the college and raised a difficulty over how an inspection could possibly be carried out amid the pandemic. However, the DEO staff discovered sure shortfalls pertaining to the college’s administration and served a discover concerning the work to be undertaken, failing which the popularity of the college could be cancelled.
After just a few weeks, the college principal, who can be the complainant within the case, had gone to the DEO workplace and handed him the main points of the work accomplished. However, the DEO issued a discover to the college for the second time in August, stating that there have been nonetheless shortfalls on 13 counts. Subsequently, the college principal had submitted the related studies once more. This time, nonetheless, the DEO demanded
Rs 10 lakh from the principal on behalf of withdrawing the discover issued to the college, as per ACB.
The principal had then contacted the Surat ACB workplace and lodged a criticism in opposition to the DEO, after which a lure was laid on the close by DEO workplace. On Friday, nonetheless, DEO Patel refused to simply accept the bribe quantity from the complainant and requested him at hand it to the workplace clerk, Ravindra Patel. Suspecting one thing amiss, Patel additionally denied to simply accept the bribe quantity. The complainant had then left the DEO workplace and intimated ACB officers about the identical.
ACB officers then registered an offence of bribe in opposition to the Tapi DEO and his workplace clerk Ravindra Patel underneath related sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act. ACB officers had detained each officers on Friday and introduced them to Surat ACB workplace the place their Covid-19 exams have been performed. On Saturday, the accused have been arrested after their check outcomes turned up unfavorable.
The complainant stated, “We were surprised when 18 DEO officials had come over for an inspection amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The school was closed and due to rainfall, grass had grown on the ground, to which the DEO had objected. The DEO had mentioned useless issues in the notice given to us. Our school is self-financed and we run it on donations. We are not charging a single penny from parents. We knew about the ill-intention of the DEO since the first visit, but why should we have given him a bribe? If I would have accepted his bribe deal, he would have targeted other schools in Vyara.”
Assistant Director of Surat ACB, NP Gohil stated, “We have arrested both the accused. DEO Bharat Patel is a class one officer, while clerk Ravindra Patel is one of class three rank. The DEO had demanded a bribe of Rs 10 lakh for closing the notice issued to the school. We will dig out more information during the remand period of the accused.” 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click right here to hitch our channel (@indianexpress) and keep up to date with the newest headlines For all the newest India News, obtain Indian Express App.

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