Protection officer nabbed taking bribe from domestic violence complainant

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Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) sleuths nabbed a protection officer of Samaj Suraksha department when he accepted a bribe of Rs 1,000 from a woman in his office at Athwalines. The accused had demanded the bribe from the woman to complete the procedure for forwarding her domestic violence complaint to Surat district sessions court.

Police inspector C M Jadeja, police inspector L B Zala and their team from the ACB nabbed Sunil Dilip Sorathiya when he allegedly accepted Rs 1,000 from complainant Priti Pinakin Shelat in his office.

Shelat, a school teacher, had submitted a complaint of domestic violence against her in-laws to the protection officer on May 2. Sorathiya told her that it may take four months to complete the procedure before forwarding her application the court. He demanded money from her to expedite the process.

Apart from police, a protection officer can also register a domestic violence complaint. A court orders further action on the complaint after going through the documents, Samaj Surakhsa office sources said. “Sorathiya was appointed a month ago in the newly developed government system to deal with cases of domestic violence. He offered to speed up the process to three months provided he was given a bribe,” said C M Jadeja, police inspector, ACB, Surat.

In another trap laid by ACB team, a forest officer of Dharampur in Valsad was nabbed while accepting a bribe of Rs 40,000 cash. Sapna Joshi accepted the bribe near State Bank of India in Dharampur from complainant Chhagan Kunwar, a resident of Avadha village near Dharampur. She was nabbed by an ACB team led by police inspector A M Parmar. tnn

Avadha village mandali had completed forest conservation work and its payment was deposited in bank account of the mandali in SBI.

To withdraw the money from the bank account, Kunwar needed signatures of mandali’s president and Joshi on the papers. Joshi had demanded bribe to sign on the papers.

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