Saturday, September 10, 2011

Chandrashekhar Rokade, deputy municipal commissioner, held taking Rs.1 lakh bribe

Demolition Man held taking Rs.1 lakh bribe

Chandrashekhar Rokade, deputy municipal commissioner, does not believe in talks and campaigns against corruption. For, if he did, he would never have sought a bribe.
Officers from the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) caught Rokade red-handed on Friday taking a bribe of Rs1 lakh inside his office in Byculla. Rokade, who had quit the Maharashtra police as a deputy commissioner in the late 1990s to join the BMC, took charge of the encroachment removal department six months ago.
The ACB officers laid a trap after a contractor told them that Rokade had threatened to cancel his and six others' contract of Rs9 crore with the BMC if he did not pay up. The contractor and the others supply labourers and vehicles to the encroachment removal department.
He alleged that Rokade had been harassing him on the pretext of doing a quality-check on his vehicles.
He told the ACB that Rokade had held back his bills and had sought Rs10 lakh to clear them. After paying the first instalment of Rs2 lakh, he approached the ACB.
"The complainant was given marked notes according to the plan," Niket Kaushik, additional commissioner of police, said. "Rokade was caught red-handed accepting Rs1 lakh in his Byculla office at 6pm."
Once he joined the BMC, Rokade earned himself the epithet, 'demolition man' for clearing encroachments.

In 2002, he was transferred out of the department because he did not follow the orders of the then municipal commissioner Karun Shrivastava. He went to the MMRDA on deputation and worked there for three years. He then became the chief executive officer of the Akola municipal council. During his tenure at Akola, he had a fist fight with a local political leader.
Soon after the incident, he was sent back to the BMC. After going through the election, education and gardens departments, he was rehabilitated in the encroachment removal department.

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