Court asks ACB to file reply on Nov 4 in corruption case

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Mumbai, Oct 13 (UNI) A special court today directed Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to file reply by November four on the discharge application filed by former Director General of Police (Housing) Rahul Gopal in a corruption case.

Public prosecutor said Gopal filed the application recently on the grounds that he was not at all involved in the case, so he may be discharged from the case.

The special ACB court has directed the investigating agency to file reply and then fixed the matter on November four for hearing.

Gopal has been booked under Sections 7 and 10 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, which deals with punishment to public servants caught taking a bribe. He has been accused of allegedly collecting a bribe from builders through his 'broker' and close friend Govind Chandok, who was recently arrested after a raid by the ACB officials on a Peddar Road guest house. The ACB also suspects that Gopal accepted bribes from policemen for transfers.

In the search operation at the Maharashtra Police Housing Corporation office, of which Gopal was the Managing Director, the ACB officials had recovered several incriminating documents pertaining to contracts awarded for police housing projects in the state.

Co-accused in the case, Chandok, had allegedly taken bribes from two builders, identified as Prakash Ladda and Digambar Pingale, to 'ensure that the latter's pending bills for the police housing projects in Pune, Nashik, Dhule, Sholapur and Nagpur were cleared on time by Gopal'. He had demanded Rs 25 lakh from builders on behalf of Gopal.

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