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Maharashtra government official insists on bribe in Rs 100 notes, arrested

Maharashtra government official insists on bribe in Rs 100 notes, arrested

Mumbai: A government official in Maharashtra’s Solapur district has been arrested allegedly after he demanded bribes and insisted he be paid only in the Rs 100 denomination and not in the demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.

Anti-corruption bureau officials caught the accused, an agricultural officer with the Mohol Panchayat Samiti, yesterday while he was accepting Rs 2,500 from a person who had approached him for some official work, police said.

The officer, Balasaheb Bhikaji Babar, was approached by the complainant Dattatray Bedge for clearing his Krishi Seva Kendra proposal, police said.

The officer insisted the complainant bring 25 notes of Rs 100 as the government has demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, a police official said.

PTI