Malkangiri: The Block Programme Manager of a Community Health Center (CHC) in Podia block of Malkangiri district was arrested by vigilance sleuths on Tuesday for accepting a bribe of Rs 20,000 towards clearance of a bill.
Reportedly, Block Programme Manager Srimanta Atibodhi had demanded the said amount from Rakesh Chandra Das of Podia for preparing and passing the bill of hire charges of a Bolero vehicle from April 2020 to August 2020 in favour of the latter’s grandfather who is owner of the vehicle.
Following it, Das lodged a complaint with the vigilance. Accordingly, a trap was laid and accused Atibodhi was caught red-handed by the officers of Vigilance, Koraput Division in his office room while accepting the bribe from Das.
The bribe money was recovered from the possession of Atibodhi and seized in presence of witnesses. Right hand wash as well as wash of his pant pocket gave positive chemical reaction, confirming acceptance and handling of bribe money by him.
Subsequently, the residential government quarter of Atibodhi at Podia was searched. He was arrested and will be forwarded to the Court. A case under section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act, 2018 has been registered at Koraput Vigilance Police Station and is under investigation.