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Bihar: Additional District Magistrate arrested taking Rs 400,000 bribe


PATNA: A senior official in Bihar was arrested late Thursday night while taking a bribe of Rs 4 lakh (Rs 400,000) .

This is the first arrest of any official caught with such huge bribe money in Bihar.

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The additional district magistrate Maharshi Ram was arrested from his official residence in Nawada district.

Acting on a tip-off the official was seeking bribe in lieu of passing order in land mutation case, the vigilance sleuths laid a trap and caught the officer red-handed. He was taking bribe from one Hira Lal, a cloth merchant.

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“Initially, he (the arrested officer) had sought Rs 5 lakh (Rs 500,000) as bribe but finally the deal was settled for Rs 4.50 lakh. We caught him while accepting the first installment of the bribe,” a senior vigilance official Jamiruddin told the media today.

The police also recovered three liquor bottles from his residence during the raid for which a separate case was registered against him.

Earlier in July, the vigilance sleuths had arrested an IAS officer Jitendra Gupta while taking a bribe of Rs 80,000 on his first posting in Kaimur district. He was subsequently sent to jail.

The ruling Nitish Kumar government in Bihar has launched a crackdown on the corruption.

According to an official report, more than 800 public servants have been arrested in trap cases since 2006.

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