The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), on Thursday, arrested Vasudev Burkule and Pradeep Patharikar, the superintendent and the deputy superintendent, respectively, of Arthur Road jail, for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 35,000 from a jail officer to give him more marks in the Maharashtra prison manual exam, on Wednesday.
The two were produced in the sessions court presided by justice MA Lovekar, who remanded them in police custody till April 19.
According to ACB officials, the police which laid a trap, recovered the bribe amount from Patharikar's possession. Officials who searched Burkule's official residence inside the jail premises found Rs 40 lakh in cash.
"Besides cash, we also found fixed deposit (FD) receipts for Rs 12.50 lakh (SBI, Nanded), Rs 5 lakh (Bank of Maharashtra, Nanded); Rs 5 lakh in savings account, Rs 20 lakh in savings account (SBI, Agripada) and around 75 tolas of gold in locker," said Pravin Dixit, director general of police (ACB). "Nothing incriminating was recovered from Patharikar's residence, however," added Dixit.
The complainant is a jail officer and had appeared in the departmental exam on March 25. When he inquired about his marks with Patharikar, he told the complainant that Burkule had checked the paper, and he had also seen it.
"Patharikar then told the complainant that he didn't have enough marks, but if he gave Rs 40,000, he would be given more marks. The complainant was not willing to give bribe, so he approached the ACB office in Mumbai and registered a complaint," the officer said.
"The ACB then verified facts and laid a trap. When the complainant met Burkule at Arthur Road jail premises, Burkule instructed him to hand over Rs 35,000 to Patharikar. He then went to Patharikar's official's residence and gave him the money. The ACB officers present there nabbed him." added the officer.
Special public prosecutor JV Desai, who spoke to dna said: "We have the voice recordings of the accused and want to verify it, and hence sought two days of police custody of the accused."