Seoni (MP), Apr 7 (PTI) An official of the state’s OBC Welfare department was nabbed today by Lokayukta police for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe to release scholarship funds of students of a paramedical centre.

Officials said that Vishal Shriwas, an assistant director in the OBC Welfare department, had demanded a bribe to release scholarship amount worth Rs 17 lakh to students of the Meenakshi Paramedical Study Centre.

Deputy Superintendent of Police JP Varma said, “He sought the bribe through the Centre’s computer operator Brajesh Bhargava. As per the plan, Shriwas was to arrive at a hotel to collect the money. But he sent Bhargava in his place and the complainant handed over Rs 1.40 lakh to Bhargava.” Shriwas was caught from his uncle’s residence at Barapatthar area here while collecting the bribe from Bhargava, the official said.

A case had been registered under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and further investigations were underway, he said.

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