SUB-REGISTRAR ARRESTED FOR ACCEPTING BRI
SUB-REGISTRAR ARRESTED FOR ACCEPTING BRIBE
Ludhiana September 20:
The Vigilance Bureau arrested a sub-registrar, Arvind Verma, after he was caught red-handed accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from an NRI on Friday. Two others, identified as Parminder Pal Singh (cashier) and Harjinder Singh (police constable), were also arrested. The sub-registrar’s reader, Gopal Krishan, is absconding.
“NRI Barjinder Singh Lalton wanted to register a power of attorney favouring one Baljit Singh of Baddowal and approached Verma. The accused demanded Rs 15,000 as bribe. Later, the deal was settled at Rs 10,000. After this, Lalton filed a complaint with us,” said Senior Superintendent of Police, Vigilance Bureau, Kanwarjit Singh Sandhu.
A Vigilance Bureau team, led by Deputy Superintendent of Police Rav Charan Singh Brar and Deputy Superintendent of Police Gurcharan Singh, laid a trap for the sub-registrar. After Lalton delivered the cash, it passed from Verma to Krishan to Parminder Pal Singh and finally to Harjinder Singh. The Vigilance Bureau also conducted a raid at Verma’s house in Jalandhar and seized Rs 1.59 lakh, 47 bottles of Scotch whiskey and two unlicensed rifles. The Jalandhar Police has registered two cases, one under the Excise Act and another under the Arms Act, against Verma in this regard, said SSP Sandhu.
Verma had replaced ‘most honest’ officer Sub-registrar Arvind Verma had replaced Mukesh Kumar, who was presented the ‘Most Honest Officer’ award by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, about four months ago.