Chandigarh May 28 :
Punjab Vigilance Bureau today booked Mrs. Nirmala, District Commander and Anmol Moti, Platoon Commander of Punjab Home Guard, posted at Jalandhar for misusing their official positions as public servants and receiving bribe amounting to Rs.2,40,000 from Home Guard Volunteer Sewa Ram to extend his retirement age.
Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Punjab Vigilance Bureau said Volunteer Sewa Ram had lodged his complaint regarding this bribery on WhatsApp number 9501200200 issued by the state government for control corrupt practices which was investigated by the Vigilance Bureau Range Jalandhar. The complainant had stated that at the time of recruitment he had written his age 25 years in recruitment form and did not mentioned any specific date of birth. According to this information and the age mentioned in the recruitment form, Sewa Ram was to retire being 58 years old on 17-05-2021.
The spokesperson further added that the complainant had submitted in his plaint that platoon commander Anmol Moti had called him to his office on 01-05-2021 and introduced him to the then District Home Guards Commander Mrs Nirmala where he was informed about his retirement in May 2021. However, he informed the officers that his date of birth is 25-8-1970 and still 07 years have left in his retirement but Mrs. Nirmala demanded bribe through Anmol Moti to increase his date of retirement.
He informed that in order to avail such enhancement in tenure the complainant had given Rs.2,40,000 to the platoon commander on different dates as per the demand of the aforesaid district commander who further handed over the bribe amount to the accused Nirmala.
The spokesperson of Vigilance Bureau revealed that during the investigation it was found that the accused District Commander, despite the fact that Sewa Ram was to retire from the job, with the intention of extending his tenure, increased the date of retirement of Sewa Ram on 25-08-1970. By doing so, Mrs. Nirmala, District Commander and Anmol Moti, Platoon Commander, now posted at Traffic Police Station, Jalandhar, has misused their official position as a public servant and obtained bribe amount from the complainant, he added.
He further informed that on the basis of these allegations a case under sections 7, 7(A) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Section 120B of the IPC have been registered against both the above accused at the Vigilance Bureau Jalandhar Range Police Station and further investigation is under progress.