Recovery Officer demands bribe to withdraw complaint in loan case

Rajaram Maruti Dere allegedly demanded the bribe from the guarantor who had repaid a substantial loan amount taken by his friend from a bank.
Recovery Officer demands bribe to withdraw complaint in loan case

Pune: In a startling revelation, a recovery officer from a cooperative bank in Shikrapur demanded a bribe of ₹325000 to withdraw a complaint filed against a guarantor in a loan case.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has registered a case against the officer under the Prevention of Corruption Act at the Shirur police station.

The accused recovery officer, Rajaram Maruti Dere, allegedly demanded the bribe from the guarantor who had repaid a substantial loan amount taken by his friend from the Shikrapur branch of Sharad Cooperative Bank in 2013.

The guarantor had taken moral responsibility and settled the remaining loan amount, obtaining a no-dues certificate from the bank. Despite this, Dere sought the hefty bribe to withdraw the complaint.

Acting on the guarantor’s complaint, the ACB verified the bribe demand in the presence of witnesses and confirmed the allegations. Subsequently, a formal case was registered, and investigations are underway.

This operation was conducted under the supervision of Police Superintendent Amol Tambe and Additional Superintendent Sheetal Janve.

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