MCD officer gives policemen the slip

NEW DELHI, AUG. 14. An assistant zonal inspector of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi managed to escape before a team of the Anti-Corruption Branch of the Delhi Government could arrest him while he allegedly accepted bribe from a complainant in lieu of reducing his house tax bill. The ACB has registered a case against him.

According to the police, Kashyap Mankodi, a resident of Kalkaji Extension in South Delhi, had been handed a house tax of bill for Rs. 1 lakh in an ex-parte assessment. Challenging the assessment, he approached the Delhi High Court which ordered him to meet the officials concerned in the Lajpat Nagar office on August 9.

On August 12, Mr. Mankodi met the assistant zonal inspector (House Tax), Sahi Ram Tanwar, in his office. Sahi promised Mr. Mankodi that he would reduce his bill to Rs. 27,000 if he paid up Rs. 9,000 as bribe. However, Mr. Mankodi expressed his inability to pay the huge amount after which he was asked to pay up Rs. 5,000.

Mr. Mankodi then informed the ACB which laid a trap on Friday. The complainant approached Sahi who gave him a house tax bill for Rs. 19,970 and accepted Rs. 5,000 as bribe. However, he sensed something amiss and sneaked out of the office using the rear stairs before the raiding party could catch him. Later, the team seized two motorcycles which belonged to Sahi. Investigations revealed that Sahi owns a palatial building on a 310-square yard plot in Faridabad, and a MIG flat in Prahladpur. He also held several bank accounts and saving policies. A case under the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered.

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