GUWAHATI- An Assam government officer was arrested in Nagaon on Friday for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000. The accused, a Food Safety Officer, posted in the office of the Joint Director Health Services, Nagaon had allegedly sought a bribe from a person for issuing a FSSAI License .
The Directorate of Vigilance & Anti- Corruption, Assam had received a complain against Birinchi Kumar Karjee, Designated Food Safety Officer, posted in the office of the Joint Director Health Services, Nagaon had demanded bribe of Rs 100000/- (one lac) for issuing a FSSAI License to the complainant.
The Complainant had visited the office of Birinchi Kumar Karjee several times for obtaining the license but on one pretext or the other, Karjee kept on pestering the complainant and finally agreed to issue the license only if the complainant pays bribe of Rs.100000(one lac) in advance to him.
Unwilling to pay such bribe, the complainant approached the Directorate of Vigilance & Anti- Corruption for taking legal action against Brinchi Kumar.
A case vide ACB P.S case No. -10/2022 under Prevention of Corruption Act 1988(as amended in 2018) has been registered against Birinchi Kumar Karjee in this regard.
Accordingly, today a trap was laid in the office of the Director of Health Services, Nagaon by a team from the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption, Assam, Guwahati. Birinchi Kumar Karjee, was caught red handed immediately after he had taken the bribe inside his office chamber from the complainant, as demanded earlier.
The tainted money amounting to Rs, 10,000/- (ten thousand) was recovered from the possession of Birinchi Kumar Karjee in the presence of independent witnesses as per laid down procedure.
The accused public servant has been apprehended by the team of Vigilance & Anti-Corruption. Karjee is Designated Food Safety Officer for Nagaon, Hojai, Morigaon, Karbi Anglong, West Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao districts.
Simultaneous searches were conducted, soon after his apprehension in Kamakhya Lodge, Nagaon and also in his house located at Juripar, Guwahati. It may be mentioned that Karjee has taken a room on rent in Kamakhya Lodge.
During the search, Rs. 9,66,500/- (Nine lac sixty six thousand five hundred only) has been recovered along with incriminating documents.
Investigation of the case is under progress.