RTO staff member and driver arrested for accepting Rs 300 bribe in Palghar.

An RTO inspector and a private person were arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 300 from a driver in Maharashtra's Palghar district, PTI reported. The Thane unit of the Anti-Corruption Bureau arrested RTO vehicle inspector Niloba Jyothibha Tandele (48) and Sunil Bhoir (62) under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The inspector allegedly demanded a bribe from the driver to allow his vehicle through the Talasari RTO checkpost on Express Highway No. 48. After taking the bribe, he allowed the vehicle to pass and was later caught by ACB officials.

In a separate incident, the Anti-Corruption Bureau arrested another person along with an engineer, a technician and a clerk of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MSEDCL) in a bribery case in Thane district.

The assistant engineer of MSEDCL's welfare division had removed the electricity meter from a person's flat in Ambernath on suspicion of tampering. After inspecting the meter, the engineer accused the person of stealing electricity in the last three years and demanded Rs 3 to 4 lakh including electricity consumption charges and fine.

After reportedly demanding a bribe of Rs 70,000, the engineer later reduced the demand to Rs 75,000. The man reported the incident to the Thane unit of the ACB, following which a sting operation was conducted which resulted in the arrest of the engineer, a junior clerk, a key technician and the middleman while taking the bribe. A case has been registered against the four accused in Ambernath police station under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

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