CBI busts bribery racket involved in railway projects, recovers huge cash

Imphal: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday busted a racket on the allegations that some senior public functionaries of North Eastern Frontier Railways were involved in corrupt practices with private contractors for the on-going projects in the North Eastern Frontier (NFR) Railways.

The contractors were allegedly being facilitated in awarding the contracts processing of subsequent bills, release of payments etc. by the public functionaries in lieu of illegal gratifications.

CBI has registered a case against a senior railway officer – chief administrative officer (CAO)/construction-II, North Eastern Frontier Railways, Maligaon (Assam) and others including a deputy chief engineer, an assistant executive engineer, a director and an employee of a private company based at Guwahati; a private person and unknown others under relevant sections of IPC and PC Act. It was alleged that the accused were abusing their official position for obtaining illegal gratification. It was further alleged that the director of private company was in contact with said CAO in various on-going projects in NFR region. It was also alleged that on his demand, the director through his employee got delivered bribe of Rs 1 crore to the relative (private person) of CAO at his residence in Dehradun.

The accused allegedly exchanging bribe money were caught. The alleged bribe of Rs.One crore was recovered.

Searches have been conducted at 21 locations including at Delhi, Uttrakhand, Assam, Tripura and West Bengal which led to recovery of cash of Rs 54 lakh(approximately). An alleged bribe of Rs 60 lakh, which was earlier paid to the said public servant, has also been recovered. The said accused (CAO) has been detained. Investigation is continuing, a CBI press release said on Sunday.

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