The team was demanding Rs 15 lakh to provide a favourable inspection report
Jaipur: Anti-corruption bureau (ACB) arrested three members of the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) after they were allegedly caught taking a bribe of Rs 12 lakh in Rajasthan’s Churu district. The three members were demanding money to provide a favourable inspection report to an Ayurveda institute in Sardarshahar town near Churu.
According to ACB senior officials, the trap was organized at Shri Bhanwar Lal Dugar Ayurved Vishwabharti, (Gandhi Vidyamandir) on Tuesday.
Those who were trapped include Dr Nitin Marwa, Dr Punit Mishra and Dr Sreesh Mishra, members of the Central Council of Indian Medicine.
The institute’s affiliation was cancelled last year when a team from the Central Council of Indian Medicine had prepared a negative report after a physical inspection. The institute moved a court and in the meantime, a new inspection was ordered. The three members of the inspection team allegedly demanded money if the institute wanted the cancellation of affiliation withdrawn.
“The trio had come to the Ayurveda institute for a physical verification and demanded Rs 15 lakh to provide a favourable report,” said a senior ACB officer.
The officer said that a trap was laid after the university vice-chancellor Dr Dinesh Kumar registered a complaint with the ACB.
The team members allegedly agreed to accept Rs 12 lakh after negotiation.
“They were staying at a guest house in the university premises. They were caught red-handed after they were handed over a bag containing Rs 12 lakh,” said the officer.
Sources said that the three team members had refused to touch currency notes and asked the institute representatives to hand over the money in a bag.
The ACB arrested the three officials and booked them under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.