Shashindra Nath Baishya (centre) with team from the anti-corruption department

GUWAHATI:

Sleuths of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (VAC) arrested an officer of the ALMS (Assam Legal Metrology Service) Shashindra Nath Baishya while accepting a bribe of Rs 20,000 from a person July 8.

“Sachindra Nath Baishya, ALMS, Controller, Legal Metrology, Assam has been caught red-handed by a team of VAC, ASSAM while accepting demanded bribe of Rs 25,000. Further lawful action is being taken,” Special DGP GP Singh said in a tweet.

According to a statement from the Assam police. the team from the VAC was acting on a complaint that Baishya had demanded Rs 25,000 as bribe to issue a license to the complainant who wanted to open a shop for selling the weights and measures equipment

“Unwilling to pay the bribe, the complainant approached VAC for taking necessary legal action against the above-mentioned public servant. Accordingly, a trap was laid at the office of the Controller of Legal Metrology at RK Mission Road, Ulubari, by a team of the VAC,” the statement said.

Baishya was caught red-handed at around 4:40 pm, in his office chamber soon after he accepted the demanded bribe amounting to Rs 20,000 from the complainant. The bribe amount was recovered from the accused public servant in presence of the independent witnesses, the statement read

On further search, an additional amount of Rs 3,23,850 has also been recovered from his office chamber by the team.

A case has been registered in ACB Police Station on vide ACB PS Case No 16/2022 under section 7(a) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 (as amended in 2018) against Shashindra Nath Baishya.

Necessary legal follow-up action is underway, the statement added.