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Vigilance Bureau nabs SMO for taking Rs 50,000 bribe

Chandigarh: The Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB), during its ongoing campaign against corruption in the state, on Wednesday has apprehended Dr Kawaljit Singh, posted as Senior Medical Officer (SMO) at Civil Hospital Tarn Taran red handed while he was demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000.

          Disclosing this here today an official spokesperson of the state VB said the above mentioned PCMS doctor has been arrested on the basis of a complaint lodged by Dharambir Singh, a resident of Gali Mata Lacho Wali, near Bhagat Nam Dev ji Gurudwara, Tarn Taran city.

          He further informed that  the complainant approached the VB and informed that he is running a canteen on contract within the hospital premises but the SMO has been harassing him on the pretexts of cleanliness of canteen and quality of food etc. The complainant further alleged that the said SMO has even threatened to terminate the contract in case he didn't paid the bribe money.

         The spokesperson added that after a preliminary inquiry of this complaint a trap was laid by the VB team in which the said accused was caught red handed while he was accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 from the complainant in the presence of two official witnesses.

          He added that in this regard a case under Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered at VB police station Amritsar range. The accused SMO would be produced in the competent court tomorrow and further investigation into this case was under progress, he said.



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