Pravin Ahire, former deputy director of education (Pune division) has been arrested by the Pune unit of Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau. The then deputy director has been arrested for allegedly encouraging a staffer to accept a bribe and help forge government documents in 2019.
A press release issued by Sanjay Patil, Additional Superintendent of Police (Anti-Corruption Bureau), stated that on December 7, a peon named Raju Popat Khadve, in the office of deputy director of education, Pune division was arrested for accepting a bribe of Rs 26,000 from one person on assurances of completing pending work.
According to the Anti-Corruption Bureau, Pravin Ahire, the then deputy director of education, encouraged the accused and forged government documents, for which he is now being held.
The Maharashtra Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested 1,661 corrupt government officials and their mediators in the previous year. Last year, as many as 764 corrupt public servants and their associates were held in 574 traps, Anti Corruption Bureau director Pravin Dixit states.
ACB data further reveals that last year, the maximum number of officials trapped by the bureau were from the Revenue department, followed by the Police department. The departments which faced the least number of complaints are the city’s Transport Wing, Charity’s Commission and the Rural Development Department with one arrest in each department.
The highest number of arrests were witnessed in September last year, which made a total of 213 cases with a 23% increase from 2018 where the number of cases was 58.