CBI registers case of ₹100 bribe

Two postal offical at Uttar Pradesh’s Pratapgarh allegedly demanded ₹100 as “processing fee” on every ₹20,000 deposit.

The CBI, which usually takes up high-profile cases of corruption and financial frauds, has registered an FIR against two postal officials at Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh for allegedly demanding ₹100 in bribe from a commission agent.

The agency’s Lucknow unit has registered the case on a complaint from the husband of the agent who alleged that superintendent Santosh Kumar Saroj and postal assistant Suraj Mishra had demanded it as “processing fee” on every ₹20,000 deposit collected as postal savings from villagers.

It was alleged that when the agent’s husband went to deposit ₹99,400 and ₹59,920 on November 25 and 26, the postal official collected from him excess amounts of ₹500 and ₹300. When he checked with Mr. Mishra, he was allegedly told to pay ₹100 for every deposit of ₹20,000.

He went to deposit ₹60,000 the next day, when both the accused again asked him to pay the bribe.

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