The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said Saturday it has arrested a Lieutenant Colonel posted at Army Headquarter, New Delhi and a private person (proprietor of a private firm) in an alleged bribery of Rs. 2 lakh.
A case was registered against Lieutenant Colonel, Army Headquarter, New Delhi; another officer in Army; a Proprietor of Delhi-based private firm; a BSO, Indian Army, Bengaluru and other unknown persons.
According to CBI, the case was registered u/s 120 B of IPC r/w 7, 8, 12, 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 on the allegations of conspiring to ensure transfer / posting of some officers posted in different field formation to their places of choice in lieu of payment of huge illegal gratification.
It has also been alleged that another officer in Army contacts those officers who were posted in different field formation or facing imminent transfer and desirous of posting at different locations.
Thereafter, he contacts the said private person, who by utilizing his close acquaintance with some officers posted in Army Head Quarter pursues transfer of these officers in lieu of illegal gratification.
Accordingly, another army officer requested the private person to pursue posting matter of one BSO of Indian Army, Bengaluru and the private person further engaged the Lieutenant Colonel for favorable posting.
It was further alleged that the BSO delivered an amount of Rs. 5 lakh to the said private person through hawala channel with the help of another army officer and the private person went to the residence of Lt. Colonel and delivered Rs. 2 lakh as illegal gratification.
CBI intercepted the private person and recovered the alleged illegal gratification amount of Rs. 2 lakh from the residence of Lt. Colonel. Both the accused were caught.
Searches were conducted at the premises including residence of arrested accused and others at New Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Thiruvananthapuram which led to recovery of cash over Rs. 10 lakh approximately and incriminating documents and other articles.
According to CBI, both the arrested accused were produced before the Designated Court at Delhi and remanded to four days of police custody.
Photo courtesy: CBI
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