St Joseph High School

Priti Pathak

THE Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), Mumbai on Friday have booked a South Mumbai based school Principal and senior clerk for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs. 2,000.

The accused identified as Lavonia Almeida, Principal and Victorian Barrat, senior clerk, are attached with Saint Joseph’s High School, Agripada.

According to ACB officials, the complainant’s daughter has passed SSC exam from the Saint Joseph’s High School, Agripada. On June 26, 2014, the complainant approached the school for mark-sheet and school leaving certificate of the daughter. The senior clerk Victorian Barrat met the complainant and allegedly told the complainant to pay Rs. 2,000 bribe as ‘development and child activity fund’, only then will the marksheet and certificates be issued.

Unwilling to pay the bribe amount, on June 27, 2014 the complainant approached ACB office and registered complaint against Almeida and Barrat. As per directions of ACB officials, the complainant met the Principal, Almeida and informed that Barrat was demanding money. Almeida herself suggested the complainant to pay the amount of Rs. 2,000 to Barrat as ‘development and child activity fund.’

After the verification of allegations, ACB officials registered FIR against Almeida and Barrat. Both the accused are yet to be arrested.

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