CBI arrests railway engineer in Rs 1 lakh bribery case; huge wealth seized during searches
The CBI has arrested a senior mechanical engineer at Central Railways in Mumbai for allegedly receiving a bribe of Rs 1 lakh for settling bills from a private company based in Kolkata, officials said on Tuesday.
A 1985 Indian Railway Mechanical Engineering Service (IRSME) officer, Ashok Kumar Gupta, stationed at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, was arrested after his driver was caught taking the bribe on his behalf, they said.
The searches followed by his arrest resulted in the recovery of enormous wealth from the officer’s premises and from foreign bank accounts. “During the searches at the premises of the Principal Chief Mechanical Engineer, approximately Rs 23 lakh in cash, jewelry including that of a diamond worth approximately Rs 40 lakh was recovered,” said a CBI spokesperson. The official said details of the investment of around Rs 8 crore, land and houses in Noida, Haridwar, Dehradun and Delhi were worth more than Rs 5 crore, three bank accounts in Singapore and the United States having deposits of approximately 2 lakh USD, an NRI bank account and other bank accounts in the name of the accused and his family members were found. A bank record was also identified, he said.
The CBI also arrested Aditya Tibrewal, a partner in the private Kolkata-based Anand Sales Corporation, and Gupta’s driver, Abdul Kalam Shaikh, officials said.
“It was alleged that the invoices from the Kolkata-based private company were pending with the mechanical department of Central Railway,” a CBI spokesperson said.
Gupta was responsible for the mechanical department of Central Railways with all tenders and work contracts under his responsibility. It is alleged that the official asked Shaikh, his driver, to receive a bribe of Rs 1 lakh from Tibrewal.
“The CBI caught the said officer (who demanded the bribe) and his driver and also recovered the bribe amount. Later, the said partner of the Kolkata-based private company was also arrested,” he said.
The arrests were followed by searches at 10 premises of the accused in Mumbai, Kolkata, Ghaziabad, Noida, Dehradun and Delhi.
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