Bihar govt engineer caught accepting Rs 16 lakh bribe

Patna, Nov 18 (PTI) Vigilance sleuths caught anexecutive engineer of the Road Construction Departmentred-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 16 lakh on Monday.

Acting on a complaint, a vigilance team laid a trapand arrested Arvind Kumar from his residence here while he wasaccepting Rs 16 lakh in cash from a contractor, a vigilancedepartment release said.

Kumar, a Katihar based executive engineer, hadinitially demanded Rs 84 lakh as bribe for executing a Rs83.52 crore road maintenance work and finally agreed to acceptRs 80 lakh, it said.

The contractor who had won the tender had complainedto the vigilance about the engineer's demand and officials ofthe agency caught him red-handed while accepting Rs 16 lakh asthe first instalment of Rs 80 lakh from his flat.

Kumar will be produced in a designated vigilance courtin Bhagalpur after interrogation, the release said. PTI ARNN NN