Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann orders FIR against clerk after plaint on anti-corruption helpline

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Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann orders FIR against clerk after plaint on anti-corruption helpline

Chandigarh, March 25

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Friday ordered the registration of an FIR against a woman clerk after a complaint against her was received on the anti-corruption helpline, said AAP leader Malwinder Singh Kang here.

The Punjab CM had launched the anti-corruption helpline on March 23 and it allows people to upload videos of officials asking for a bribe or indulging in other malpractices.

Kang said the clerk was posted at the tehsildar office in Jalandhar.

She demanded a bribe of Rs 4.80 lakh from the complainant to get a job done, official sources said.

“I received a complaint on our anti-corruption action helpline. Directed the authorities for immediate investigation, those caught asking for bribes will face severe consequences. Corruption won’t be tolerated in Punjab now,” Mann said in a tweet.

The anti-bribery helpline ‘9501 200 200’ has received around 20,000 complaints so far. However, a majority of these do not have an audio or video proof to support the claim.

Meanwhile, the AAP government has suspended the clerk. During the suspension period, her head office would be SDM Office at Nakodar.