An executive magistrate of Padra taluka and his deputy were arrested by the sleuths of anti-corruption bureau (ACB) on Tuesday while accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh.
Executive magistrate G D Baria and deputy executive magistrate K J Pargi had sought the amount from a contractor working on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai expressway project after the latter sought Baria’s opinion for excavating sand for the project from an area under Baria’s jurisdiction.
To give a positive opinion for the work, Baria and Pargi demanded the contractor to grease their palms.
ACB officials said that the contractor who did not want to bribe, approached the ACB and sleuths laid a trap to nab the two government officials. The plan was to make the contractor hand over the bribe amount to the duo in their office on Tuesday afternoon. “As soon as the complainant came out of the office, our officials barged in and nabbed them with the bribe amount,” an ACB official said.
On Tuesday late evening, ACB officials searched their houses to assess the value of their assets. The duo’s arrest generated a lot of interest in the district administration and was the main topic of discussion during the entire day.