PATNA: Bihar vigilance department sleuths caught an executive engineer of state road construction department and his cashier red-handed while they were allegedly taking a bribe in cash of Rs 14 lakh from a road construction contractor on Friday.
Acting on the complaint of a contractor, officials of the vigilance wing, led by deputy superintendent of police Gopal Paswan, laid a trap at the residence of executive engineer Suresh Kumar Singh at Patna's Patel Nagar, where he along with his cashier Shashi Bhushan Kumar, were caught red-handed with cash Rs 14 lakh.
Paswan told the media that Singh had demanded the bribe in lieu of helping the contractor to get a tender of a new road construction at Bihata.
"Apart from the Rs 14 lakh seized, the sleuths conducted a thorough search of the house and seized many property documents and cash of over Rs 1 crore", he told the media.
In 2018, more than 42 officials across the state were arrested for allegedly taking bribes .