In ₹2 Lakh Bribery Case, CBI Arrests Commissioner of Regional Provident Fund and Two Others

In a two lakh rupee bribery case, the CBI arrests the Regional Provident Fund Commissioner along with two other individuals.

In connection with an alleged ₹2 lakh bribery case in Nashik, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) detained two senior EPFO (Employees’ Provident Fund Organization) officers, including a Regional Provident Fund Commissioner, an Enforcement Officer, and a private individual.

Ganesh Arote, Regional Provident Fund Commissioner; Ajay Ahuja, Enforcement Officer; and BS Mangalkar, a private citizen and EPFO agent, were among the officials detained.

Following the filing of a complaint against an EPFO officer and a private individual, both of whom were Nashik residents, the CBI investigation was launched. The EPFO is one of the biggest social security organizations in the world and is governed by the Union Ministry of Labor and Employment.

The case complainant claimed that an EPFO officer had arranged for a private Provident Fund consultant to demand and obtain an unfair advantage of ₹2 lakh in exchange for resolving a Provident Fund dispute involving the complainant’s company. According to CBI sources, it was additionally claimed that the complainant was instructed by the EPFO officer to give the bribe to the aforementioned private PF Consultant.

Following receipt of the complaint, the CBI set up a trap and apprehended the private individual along with two EPFO officers who had accepted the bribe. During the investigation, the CBI searched seven different locations in Nashik. These searches turned up evidence in the form of cash and diaries that included information about undue advantage, among other things.

The detained suspects were presented to a Nashik court on Thursday and were placed under CBI custody until January 1, 2024.

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