PANAJI: The directorate of vigilance‘s anti-corruption branch (ACB) on Tuesday arrested a person in Margao for allegedly offering a to the range forest officer (RFO), Kudal, Maharashtra, to avoid arrest in a case of alleged illegal transportation of from Maharashtra to Goa.

An official with the branch said that this is the reverse of what usually happens. In most cases, he says, government employees demand (and accept) the bribe, but in this instance, it was the government employee who came forward to expose a person offering a bribe.

The ACB filed an FIR under Section 12 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, and Section 109 of the IPC, based on the complaint of RFO Pradip Kokitkar.

Speaking to TOI, ACB SP Priyanka Kashyap said that in the complaint, it was alleged that Kokitkar, who is investigating a case registered under the Indian Forest Act and Protection of Wildlife Act, visited a factory in in connection with the illegal transportation of sandalwood from Maharashtra to the said factory. During the visit, the owner of the factory, Zuber, offered him a bribe to avoid arrest. She said that the bribe of Rs 50,000 was to be paid in Margao. “The RFO produced a microSD card containing a recorded conversation between him and Zuber, which has been attached in panchanama,” Kashyap said.

She said that after the registration of the FIR, a reverse trap was laid by ACB officials, and Raghuveer Ravi was caught offering Rs 50,000 to Kokitkar at a hotel in Margao. She added that the accused has been taken into custody and the Rs 50,000 has been attached.

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