A block development officer (BDO) posted in Bhojpur was caught red-handed by vigilance sleuths while taking a bribe of Rs 11,000 from one Arun Kumar Singh for approval of a development project for Moap panchayat.
Acting on the complaint lodged by Singh, a resident of Moap Kala village in Bhojpur, a team of vigilance bureau officials laid a trap and arrested Tarari block development officer Mithilesh Kumar.
The bribe he had accepted was recovered from him.
The BDO had allegedly demanded Rs 15,000 for approving the construction of a concrete road at Milki village under the panchayat. However, he agreed to do it at Rs 11,000.
“The allegations against the BDO were found to be true during preliminary investigations,” a senior bureau officer said. Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Maharaja Kanishka Kumar Singh headed the raiding team.
The bureau official said the arrested public servant would be produced before the special vigilance court in Patna on Tuesday after his through interrogation.
Since January this year, 31 people have been arrested on graft charges till now. “The drive against corruption would continue,” the officer said.