Mithali Sharma, a government official recently assigned as an Assistant Registrar in the Cooperative Department in Koderma, Jharkhand, was apprehended by the Hazaribagh Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) team for accepting a bribe. This incident occurred during her first posting in the position.
On July 7, the Hazaribagh ACB arrested Mithali Sharma after video and photographic evidence of her accepting the bribe surfaced and became viral on social media, leading to widespread criticism.
After the arrest, the ACB team brought Sharma to Hazaribagh for further legal proceedings, while an ongoing investigation into the matter is currently underway.
According to an ACB officer, the incident unfolded when Mithali Sharma conducted an unannounced inspection at the Koderma Vyapar Sahyog Samiti, where she discovered certain irregularities. Taking advantage of the situation, she allegedly demanded Rs 20,000 from the organization’s authorities to avoid taking punitive action against them.
The corrupt activities came to light when Rameshwar Prasad Yadav, a member of the organization, filed a complaint with the ACB Director General after being coerced into paying the bribe.
Subsequently, the ACB team conducted a thorough investigation, confirming that Mithali Sharma had indeed demanded Rs 20,000 from the committee. A case was registered, and a trap was set to apprehend her.
On the day of the arrest, the surveillance team caught Mithali Sharma red-handed accepting the first installment of the bribe, totaling Rs 10,000.