Assam vigilance team lays trap, nabs food safety officer in bribery case

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Guwahati: A team from the Assam Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption caught a food safety officer taking a bribe who set a trap in the office of the director of health services in Nagun on Friday.

Birinchi Kumar Karjee, nominated by the Food Safety Officers of Nagaon, Hojai, Morigaon, Karbi Anglong, West Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao districts, has issued an FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) license. He demanded a bribe of Rs. Complainant
“The tainted amount of Rs 10,000 was recovered from the possession of Birinchi Kumar Karjee in the presence of independent witnesses as per prescribed procedure. The accused government employee has been nabbed by the vigilance and anti-corruption team,” an official statement issued here It was said.

The complainant visited the office of the debtor several times to obtain the license but for some reason the debtor continued to harass the complainant and finally agreed to issue the license only if the complainant paid him one lakh in advance. Has paid a bribe of Rs.
“Not ready to offer such an incentive, the complainant moved toward the directorate to make a legitimate move against the public authority worker,” the assertion said.

In this regard, a case (No. 10/2022) has been registered against Karjee in the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) police station under the Anti-Corruption Act 1988 (as amended in 2018).

Shortly after his arrest, searches were conducted at Kamakhya Lodge, Nagun (where he had rented a room) and his house in Juripar, Guwahati.
“During the search, Rs 9,66,500 and criminal documents were recovered. The case is under investigation,” he said.

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