Govt Official Held for Seeking Bribe from Farmer for Releasing Subsidy

Raipur: On charges of allegedly demanding bribe, a senior official of the Chhattisgarh horticulture department in Raipur was arrested by the ACB on Friday, an official said on Saturday.

Paramjeet Singh Gurudatt allegedly demanded 50 per cent of the subsidy amount received by the farmer under a government scheme the official added.The matter surfaced after the farmer who is engaged in the cultivation of high-value tomatoes filed a complaint against him.

As per the statement issued by ACB, the accused demanded 50 per cent of the subsidy as soon as the amount of Rs 2,66,000 was transferred into the farmers account.”The accused even went to the complainant’s residence to demand the bribe, where his act of demanding the money was captured on a camera,” the ACB official said.

Acting on the complaint, the ACB arrested the official and booked him under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

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