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DG Vanzara's son caught red-handed by ACB while accepting bribe of Rs. 75000
Arjun Vanzara, son of retired IPS officer and a key accused in fake encounter cases, DG Vanzara was arrested on July 5 by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officers in Vadodara. He was caught red-handed along with his subordinate officer while accepting Rs 75,000 as bribe.
Arjun Vanzara, is a mamlatdar (executive magistrate - a class-II officer) posted in Vadodara rural. Vanzara and his deputy mamlatdar, Jashvantsinh Dashrathsinh Hajuri had allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs1 lakh from the complainant, Chintan Patel to "order in favour of complainant's land matter."

The duo have been arrested by the ACB and will be produced before a special court on Wednesday.

Patel had purchased some land and had registered it on his name at Mamlatdar office. Even though he had obtained all the documents related to land ownership, he was given a notice stating "the land has not been registered in the Mamlatar record book and he needs to do that entry."

He alleged that he had met the officers at the Mamlatdar office but after few visits, Hajuri asked Patel "to settle the matter by paying Rs.1 lakh." Patel said that to reduce the amount of bribe demanded, he had also met Vanzara and Hajuri in person and they allegedly settled the deal for Rs. 75,000.

"After receiving the complaint from Patel we laid the trap at Mamlatdar office on Tuesday evening where we sent Patel to the office to handover the money while we were waiting outside. Once Patel handed over the money to Hajuri, we raided the office and caught both of them red-handed and recovered the money from them," Assistant Director (ACB) P R Gelot said.

He said that cash over Rs. 3.27 lakh has also been recovered from Vanzara's car, while Rs. 26,142 have been recovered from Hajuri's possession.

"Both accused have been booked under section 7 (Public servant taking gratification other than legal remuneration in respect of an official act.) 13 (Criminal misconduct by a public servant) of prevention of anti-corruption act. The accused will be produced in the court tomorrow," said G D Palsana Police inspector, ACB Vadodara.

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