• I Paid A Bribe
  • 12 years ago

Bribe to keep lower municipal tax

Reported on September 7, 2010 from Hyderabad , Telangana  ι Report #30838

Our residential society in Hyderabad had approached the Municipal authorities to pay the Municipal Property Tax. I was one of the society members and had accompanied. One of the officials there said he will come to our society on one specific Sunday and collect tax as well as issue receipts there itself. Initially, I thought this was really helpful for the people in the society. However, this joy was short lived. The same official later took us in a corner and said I will fix lower municipal property tax for everyone, so year on year, you have to pay smaller amounts. However, every houseowner would have to pay him a bribe of Rs 5000. More interested in getting things regularized, everyone in the society paid the officer when he came next Sunday. Total amount from every house in the Society as bribe was approx 3 lakhs rupees.

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