JAMMU, May 12: Detectives from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday arrested two Department of Agriculture officials in a corruption case here.
A CBI official says that a Plant Protection Officer (PPO) and a Field Assistant, both officials of the Directorate of Agriculture of Jammu and Kashmir, Jammu have been arrested in a corruption case .
He said a case has been registered on a complaint against the accused on the allegations of demanding a bribe of Rs. 15,000.
It was alleged that the complainant (a member of an agricultural co-operative society engaged in sale, storage and distribution) filed an application with the Jammu Plant Protection Officer for the addition of pesticide products from certain enterprises in the license of its cooperative society.
It was further alleged that the Plant Protection Officer (PPO) and the Field Assistant both demanded a bribe of Rs. 15,000 from the Complainant for the approval of his application.
Later, the bribe amount was negotiated at Rs. 12,000, he added.
The CBI, he said, set a trap and caught the accused while demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs. 12,000 from the Complainant.
Searches were carried out at the office and residential premises of the accused in Jammu and Kathua.
The two arrested defendants, namely Devinder Sharma, Plant Protection Officer (PPO) and Rajinder Kumar, Field Assistant on Thursday, were brought before the Special Judge Court, CBI Cases, Jammu. (Agencies)