Mangalore, June 22: Amidst the ongoing raids by Mangalore City Corporation officials across the city on illegal and unauthorised businesses, a senior inspector of the same civic body has been caught red handed accepting a bribe in his office by the Lokayukta officials.
The accused is Bharat Kumar, the senior health inspector in MCC, who has been a nightmare for the owners of shops and business establishments without proper trade licences.
Ironically the inspector was caught while accepting bribe of Rs 2,500 to issue trade licence to a local resident who wanted to start a music school in the city.
Though the inspector had initially refused to grant licence to one Ashley to start the music school, later demanded a bribe of Rs 5,000 and finally settled for Rs 2,500, said Lokayukta inspector udaya Nayak, who led the operation.
Frustrated by the attitude of inspector Ahsley directly complained to Lokayukta officials, who on Friday laid a trap and arrested the inspector. He will soon be produced before a local court.
The sudden development has brought disgrace to the MCC, which had recently issued a deadline for all the traders in its limits to get valid trade licences by July 31.
If the traders fail to meet the deadline, their establishments will be closed down and no plea for licences thereafter will be entertained, the MCC joint commissioner Shrikanth Rao had warned in a press release.