"The trio was caught this afternoon in Gharat's office while accepting Rs 8 lakh bribe from the complainant in the case," Superintendent of Police, ACB Thane unit, Sangramsinh Nishandar, said.
"They had demanded Rs 42 lakh from the complainant for not taking action against his seven-storey unauthorised building. After the negotiations, they had settled at Rs 35 lakh," the officer said.
The complainant approached the ACB and reported the matter. Based on his complaint, a trap was laid in Gharat's office and the trio was caught accepting the first instalment of the bribe, Nishandar said.
The accused have been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, the police official said.
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