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ACB lays ‘biggest trap’, seizes RS 2 cr cash from SSA engineer for bribery
Gandhinagar: The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested a Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) engineer after he allegedly accepted a Rs1.25 lakh bribe. Terming it the biggest trap, an ACB team recovered Rs2.27 crore from his bank lockers and home.
Based on a complaint, the bureau had laid a trap on Saturday for Nipun Choksi and caught him accepting a bribe from a contractor to clear bills for the construction of a hostel and a school in Patan district.
Officials recovered Rs4,12,205 in cash while searching Choksi’s house and he was placed on remand for two days. During primary questioning, he told police that he also had a locker at the Gandhinagar Nagrik Cooperative Bank. Police recovered Rs74,50,000 while searching the bank locker. Furthermore, a team recovered Rs1,52,75,000 in cash from another branch of the bank.
According to the ACB, the accused also had a third locker at Canara Bank from which they recovered 300 gm gold ornaments worth around Rs10 lakh. Investigating officer Subhas Parmar told media that this was the biggest trap laid in by the ACB in the history of the state.