Maha: Agri official held for accepting bribe of Rs 20,000

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Aurangabad, Jan 7 (PTI) An employee of the state agriculture department was caught while accepting a bribe of Rs 20,000 from an orchard owner in Soyegaon taluka of Maharashtra's Aurangabad district, an official from the Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) said.

Pravin Madhav Savkare (36), an agriculture assistant in Bahulkheda, had demanded Rs 50,000 for inspecting the complainant's orchard and submitting a report to a senior official, the official said.

Following negotiation, the accused official struck a deal at Rs 20,000 and was caught while accepting the bribe amount near Soyegaon tehsil office, he said.

Savkare has been detained and the ACB is in the process of registering an offence, the official added. PTI AW ARU ARU