The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today said it had arrested an Assistant Provident Fund Commissioner of the Employees Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) in Panjim, for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 25,000 from a local businessman.
A CBI press release said the businessman is the proprietor of a Goa-based firm engaged in the business of manpower supplies to different companies.
It said a case was registered against the official under section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act on the basis of a complaint from the businesswoman. It alleged that the accused had demanded a bribe of Rs 100,000 from the complainant for releasing an attachment order of her two shops which was pending for payment of provident fund dues and also subsequently reducing the amount of the damages and interest dues payable to the EPFO.
According to the release, the CBI laid a trap and the official was allegedly caught red-handed demanding and accepting Rs 25,000 as an installment of bribe.
During searches at the official and residential premises of the accused, cash of Rs. 92,000 and documents relating to his investments in three flats, shares and so on were recovered, the release added.