An assistant commissioner of Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation (VVMC) was today arrested for allegedly extorting Rs 5 lakh from a builder in Vasai in the district, police said.
According to police, although the accused civic official, Prem Singh Jadhav, was arrested today, he had accepted the extortion amount at an unspecified time in the past.
The arrest was made based on the complaint filed by the builder last night, police said.
The complainant told the police that Jadhav had called him between October and November 2016 to discuss about a plot in Manwelpada being developed by his firm.
"Jadhav told the builder that someone had complained to the civic administration that illegal construction was being carried out on the plot," a police officer said.
The official then made a demand of Rs 25 lakh, of which the builder later paid Rs 5 lakh.
"Later, Jadhav told the builder that a local Shiv Sena leader and his men would harm him if fails to pay the remaining amount," the officer said.
Jadhav has been booked under IPC sections 384 (extortion) and 386 (extortion by putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt), police said.
In the recent past, Palghar rural police have registered several cases of extortion filed by builders against political leaders from Vasai Virar region.
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