Food Safety Officer was Arrested by ACB for Accepting Bribe of Rs 25,000 in Kolhapur

The Food Safety Officer was arrested for accepting a bribe of Rs 25,000 from a hotel owner in Kini village on the Pune-Bengaluru national highway by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB). An official from the Food and Drug Administration was involved in the incident.

Kirti Dhanaji Deshmukh (32), a Tarabai Park, Kolhapur resident, was employed at the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) in Kolhapur. The individual who filed the complaint is the owner of M/S Samrat Food, located in Kini village, Hatkanangale tehsil.

On March 15, Deshmukh inspected the restaurant and collected food samples. Later, Deshmukh demanded ₹1,00,000 to prevent any action from being taken against the restaurant for claimed color adulteration in the food.

Food Safety Officer was Arrested, ACB

The bribe was eventually agreed upon at ₹70,000. The Shahupuri Police Station has filed a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The ACB team searched Deshmukh’s residence and found 80 tolas of gold ornaments, Rs 50 lakh in cash, and a diamond necklace valued at Rs 3.50 lakh.

Additionally, a luxury car worth ₹17 lakh was seized. Deputy Superintendent of Police, Sardar Nale, stated that search operations are ongoing at Deshmukh’s house in Solapur and her relatives’ residences in Pune.


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