Himachal official held for bribery

February 23rd, 2008 - 12:50 am ICT by admin  

Shimla, Feb 22 (IANS) A top Himachal Pradesh official has been caught allegedly taking bribes from industrial units in Baddi town in exchange for issuing licences, police said here late Friday. “The state drug licensing authority Sher Singh Thakur was nabbed while collecting money from various industrial units in the Baddi industrial area and Rs.495,000 recovered from him,” said S.P.S. Verma, police chief of Solan district.

Thakur was apparently doing rounds of industrial units and collecting bribes in the pharmaceutical hub, located 120 km from here. He was caught while allegedly taking money at Pramod Pharmaceuticals.

“We had complaints that Thakur had been making such collections frequently in lieu of issuing manufacturing licenses and product approvals. We’ve sealed his Solan house and are trying to seal other properties. More police parties have been dispatched to search his other properties,” Verma said.

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