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A returning officer of a panchayat election was caught by Gujarat ACB for taking bribe of 1 lakh from the husband of a candidate in Mehsana district for approving her nomination, an official said.
Based on a complaint, the ACB laid a trap at Visnagar circuit house and caught Rajendra Brahmbhatt (57) allegedly while he was taking the bribe on Thursday evening, the official said.
The accused, working in the office of Mehsana district registrar, was appointed as the returning officer for the upcoming district panchayat polls, he said.
According to an ACB release, the complainant’s wife is contesting from Savala seat on a Congress ticket and submitted her nomination form to Brahmbhatt a few days ago.
Rival candidates raised some objections and filed an application seeking to cancel the candidature of the complainant’s wife, it was stated.