A block development officer (BDO) was caught red-handed by vigilance department sleuths while accepting bribe of Rs 1.15 lakh in Bihar’s Kaimur district, a senior officer said on Thursday.
Varsha Tarve, a BDO at Rampur block of Kaimur district, had demanded five per cent commission for approving a piped drinking water project worth Rs 23 lakh under the state government’s “Har Ghar Nal Ka Jal” scheme, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) Akshay Kumar Mishra said.
When the bureau came to know about the demand from Satyendra Kumar Singh, the village head of Kurari gram panchayat at Rampur block of the district, a 12-member team was constituted to net BDO Tarve, Mishra said.
“As per the plan, Singh approached the BDO with notes laced with a chemical powder. The bureau team then raided the BDO’s official residence and asked her to dip her hands in water, the colour of which changed after coming in contact with the chemical powder on her fingers,” Mishra stated
Apart from the bribe money, the team also seized Rs 1.70 lakh from the BDO’s possession, the Dy SP said, adding that Tarve could not give satisfactory replies to the officers when inquired about the cash.