CBI arrests Animal Welfare Officer for accepting bribe
The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested an Animal Welfare Officer (Govt. of India) accredited by Animal Welfare Board of India, Ministry of Environment & Forest posted at Jind (Haryana) for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs.5000/- from the complainant.
The complainant alleged in a complaint lodged with the CBI that the accused was conducting vehicle checks with the assistance of the local Police and taking action against vehicles carrying cattle. The accused demanded an illegal gratification from the complainant to allow safe passage of his vehicle. The CBI laid a trap and the accused was caught while accepting bribe of Rs.5000/- from the complainant at Narwana, District Jind (Haryana). The accused claimed himself as a working journalist and Editor of local daily "Good Haryana" and district president of "People for Animals", a forum established by animal rights activists. CBI has also seized a vehicle from the accused bearing a display plate declaring him to be an official of Animal Welfare Board (Govt. of India).
The accused is being produced today before Special Judge for CBI Cases, Ambala.