Ahmedabad, November 17, 2016: As India struggles with the aftermath of the currency ban, a move by to fight against black money, Gujarat’s two port trust officials have been arrested for accepting a bribe of Rs. 2.5 lakh and astonishingly, the whole amount was in new Rs. 2,000 notes, that was launched on November 11, reported NDTV
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According to the report, a middleman for the two officials accepted Rs 2.5 lakh from the firm, which was a part of the bribe amount on November 15.
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Since the currency ban, strict cash rationing is being carried out, which means the maximum amount an individual can withdraw in a week from a single bank account is Rs. 24,000.
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“Superintending Engineer P Srivivasu and Sub Divisional officer K Komtekar of the Kandla Port Trust had sought a bribe of Rs. 4.4 lakh for clearing the pending bills of a private electrical firm,” said officials of Gujarat’s Anti-Corruption Bureau.
Later, another Rs. 40,000 was also recovered from the home of one of them.
According to the report, officials said that he had confessed that he received the money earlier, which was the balance of the deal. The Anti-Corruption Bureau officials are now investigating how the new currency notes had been obtained.
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Currency ban has been largely praised by the common man, despite the inconveniences only because the initiative is to flush out black money and also to end terror funding through counterfeit notes.
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