Jaipur: Rajasthan anti-corruption bureau (ACB) on Monday arrested an assistant fire officer (AFO) and his driver posted in the municipal corporation’s Vidhadhyar Nagar zone after they were caught taking a bribe of Rs 90,000, senior ACB officials said. The AFO, identified as Chhoturam, was demanding the bribe to issue a fire NOC for a private hospital. Chhoturam and his driver Fateh Singh were booked under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The trap was laid by additional SP, ACB Sanjeev Jain and DSP, Chitragupta. The ACB complainant had applied for a fire NOC online. The physical verification was conducted by the AFO who demanded Rs 1 lakh to issue the NOC. The complainant visited JMC office several times, but to no avail. He then approached the ACB and registered a complaint.
AFO had taken Rs 10,000 and asked the complainant to come to his office to hand over the remaining bribe amount of Rs 90,000 on Monday. When the complainant reached the fire station, he was asked to give the money to Fateh Singh, said an ACB officer.
Both were arrested. The ACB team searched Fateh Singh’s office and residence. Some files have been sealed. Officials said that further investigation is going on.