The arrest was followed by searches of Ramod’s official and residential premises which led to the recovery of Rs 6 crore in cash besides documents relating to 14 immovable properties in his and his family members’ names, bank accounts and other incriminating papers.
Pune, Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur and Solapur districts fall under the jurisdiction of the Pune administrative division. Ramod, also an arbitrator for national highway projects, was handling land acquisition matters of farmers in Pune, Satara and Solapur districts.
A representative of at least four farmers seeking higher compensation for their land acquired for the widening of the proposed Pune-Pandharpur palkhi road had filed a complaint with CBI.
The complainant said Ramod had kept their cases pending and demanded 10% of the increased compensation of around Rs 1.25 crore. The complainant stated that Ramod eventually settled for Rs 8 lakh.
“The CBI caught Ramod red-handed while demanding and accepting the bribe,” a statement released by the probe agency said. He will be produced before a city court on Saturday for his custodial remand, the release added.
A CBI official, requesting anonymity, said, “An open inquiry will be conducted against Ramod to find out the source of Rs 6 crore recovered from him as well as details of the immovable properties.” A case under section 7 (expecting gratification) under the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered.
The complainant was representing their cases for getting higher compensation before the office of additional divisional commissioner and arbitrator for Satara, Pune and Solapur districts, as per the National Highways Act.