CBI arrests colonel, three others for graft
It was alleged that the colonel had demanded a bribe of Rs 1.8 lakh, says CBI
Pune: A serving Army Colonel from the Eastern Command and three other persons from a Pune-based private company, including its managing director, were arrested in Kolkata for alleged bribery involving Rs 50,000.
The company supplies power pack rock splitters, which are used by field formations of the Army.
The arrested persons were identified as Colonel Shaibal Kumar of Planning and Engineering Branch of the Indian Army, Eastern Command, Kolkata and Sharat Nath, Managing Director, Vijay Naidu, Director, and Amit Roy, Kolkata representative of M/s Xtech Equipments Pvt Ltd, Chinchwad, Pune.
After the CBI learnt about the corruption, it registered a case on June 17 against the colonel and the three others for offences under section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
“It was alleged that the colonel had demanded a bribe of Rs 1.8 lakh from the managing director of the company in connection with the supply of power pack rock splitters, which are used by field formations of the Army. The colonel allegedly demanded and accepted a bribe of Rs 50,000 in February 2017 and as part of the second instalment of the bribe, the director handed him another Rs 50,000. The CBI tracked the director of the private company, who came from Pune to deliver the bribe to the colonel, and nabbed him after the payment of the bribe. The CBI caught the colonel and recovered the bribe amount from his residence. Searches were conducted at four premises at Pune and two premises at Kolkata,” the CBI stated in a press release.