The Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) during its anti-corruption campaign on Saturday, has arrested an assistant field officer of Markfed, Gurlal Singh, posted as branch manager at Banga, SBS Nagar for demanding a bribe of Rs 52,000.
Disclosing this here today, a spokesperson of the VB said the accused official has been arrested after investigation of an online complaint lodged at the Chief MinisterS anti-corruption helpline.
Giving details he added that the complainant Rajiv Kumar of village Hakimpur, Banga has informed that he is a commission agent in grain market Banga and the Markfed officer was demanding Rs one per bag as a bribe for purchasing 52,000 bags of paddy from his shop in the last season. The complainant further informed the VB that a deal has been struck at Rs 35,000 but he did not want to pay the bribe.
The spokesperson added that the VB has investigated the allegations levelled in the complaint and registered a corruption case against the above mentioned Markfed official after finding him guilty for demanding a bribe money. In this regard the VB has registered a case under section 7 of Prevention of Corruption Act at VB police station Jalandhar. Further investigation in this case was under progress, he added.