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Rs 9,000 bribe for pension: Karnataka HC denies bail to education officials | Bengaluru News

BENGALURU: The Karnataka HC has denied bail to a Block Education Officer (BEO) and an office inspector in the same office, who are reported to have bribe of a retired primary school teacher with another disability.
Justice K Natarajan called it “an unfortunate incident” in which the accused demanded a bribe from a retired teacher, who has served the institution and the department for a long time and had approached them about obtaining retirement benefits. The judge rejected their pleas, saying all the accused work in the same office and the investigation is still ongoing.
The allegation is that the petitioners – M Chandrakanth, BEO at HD Kote taluk, and AM Shankar, head of the office, along with Ravi, Second Division assistant – demanded and received Rs 9,000 from the complainant Siddaraju.
Teacher went to ACB with recorded evidence
Siddaraju retired on May 31, 2022, after serving as a teacher at Changowdanahalli Primary School.
On June 19, Siddaraju approached Ravi and asked for his file. Ravi is said to have told him that the BEO had demanded Rs 5,000, the chief inspector and manager of the office had demanded Rs 2,000 each and for himself (Ravi) such amount would be sufficient.
Unwilling to pay bribes, Siddaraju recorded the conversation and filed a complaint with the police at the Anti-Corruption Bureau. On June 23, a trap was set and the amount of Rs 9,000 was sent through Siddaraju’s sister-in-law as he was otherwise gifted. BEO Chandrakanth is said to have accepted Rs 5,000 (money kept in file) and Shankar was caught accepting Rs 2,000. Both were arrested and sent to court.
In his petition, Chandrakanth claimed that he had not received or accepted a bribe of Rs 5,000, but it was kept on file by a woman unrelated to the case. He claimed that that phone call is an entirely different aspect and that there is no demand made by him.
In his petition, Shankar repeated the same, claiming that it was Ravi who asked for a bribe. However, ACB argued that the accused were caught in the act while accepting Rs 5,000 and Rs 2,000 respectively.
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