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UIDAI Suspends Assistant Director General Pankaj Goyal on Graft Charges

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Goyal was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 1 lakh in his office in Delhi, an Anti-Corruption Bureau official said.

Aadhaar-issuing body UIDAI on Tuesday suspended Pankaj Goyal, an assistant director general posted at its regional office in Delhi, with immediate effect, pending inquiry into charges of corruption.

"… a case against…Pankaj Goyal…Assistant Director General posted at Regional Office, Delhi of the Unique Identification Authority of India in respect of a criminal offence is under investigation/inquiry," as per an order signed by UIDAI CEO Pankaj Kumar. The order further said Goyal has been placed under suspension "with immediate effect".

Goyal was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 1 lakh in his office in Delhi, an Anti-Corruption Bureau official said. The accused, had demanded the bribe from a complainant who had applied for Aadhaar franchise. ACB Director General (DG) B L Soni said the complainant had lodged a complaint with the ACB in Rajasthan's Kota, which was initially verified. Goyal is incharge of five states, including Rajasthan, and posted at the regional office of UIDAI in New Delhi, he said.

Under ACB Additional Director General Dinesh M N, a team laid a trap at the UIDAI office in South Delhi's Pragati Vihar area, where he was arrested while taking bribe, police said. A case has been registered against Goyal under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and he is being interrogated, they said.

first published:October 20, 2020, 23:41 IST