Jaipur: The Rajasthan anti-corruption bureau on Monday took into custody 15 people including two district transport officers and two inspectors of Regional Transport Office (RTO) in Jaipur and nearby areas and exposed a network of officials who in connivance with some middlemen extorted money from commercial vehicle owners. A cash amount of over Rs 1.20 crore was seized. The ACB teams carried out searches at more than two dozen places and also recovered property ownership documents and slips containing names of the middlemen and exchange of money with them. Sources said that several RTO officials are under the radar. In fact three RTO inspectors are on the run.
According to DG ACB Alok Tripathi, the agency received complaints about extortion by RTO officials through middlemen. A fixed amount of money is collected by RTO inspects through middlemen every month. The money is handed over to the inspectors by middlemen on the 16th of every month. The money is then distributed to senior officials.
“We verified the complaint and then laid a trap on February 16 when the money was to be handed over to the RTO inspectors. We caught RTO inspector Udaiveer and a middlemen – one Manish Mishra – with Rs 40,000 bribe. Rs 1.20 lakh was recovered from the middlemen. This money was to be distributed to other RTO officials,” said Mishra. The ACB then took into custody seven officials and six middlemen. Udaiveer and Manish were officially booked under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and arrested.
The ACB formed 18 teams under the supervision of ADG ACB Dinesh MN.
Those taken into custody include Chomu DTO Vinay Bansal, DTO headquarters Mahesh Sharma, and RTO inspectors in Jaipur Shivcharan Meena, Udaiveer Singh, Alok Budhania, Naveen Jain, Ratan Lal and Ganendra Singh.
The middlemen who were taken into custody include Ranveer, Pawan alias Pahalwan, Vishnu Kaushik, Jaswant Singh Yadav of Gold Line Transport, Vishnu Kumar of Tanushree Logistics, Mamta and Manish Mishra.