CBI Arrests A Military Engineer in Corruption

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Chandigarh : The Chandigarh team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a Junior Military Engineer (JE) posted in Military Engineering Service (MES) and an Ambala-based contractor in connection with a case of corruption while tendering the contract for furniture.

The MES officials helped the contractor in obtaining the tender and asked him to give three quotations from different firms. Later, they allotted the tender to the concerned contractor.

The team of CBI raided the house of Sanjeev Jindal (contractor) at Rani Bagh, Ambala Cantonment and arrested the Military Engineer along with the bribe amount of Rs 40,000 from Patiala.

The two arrested accused contractor Sanjeev and Military Engineer Sandeep were presented before the court in Mohali on Saturday and both have been sent to one-day remand.

As per the initial probe of the CBI, the Military Engineer disclosed that the bribe amount was for the Commander Works Engineers (CWE) Mukesh Prasad and accordingly to the probe, the CBI has registered a case against the CWE Mukesh Prasad, contractor Sanjeev Jindal, JE Sandeep Chikara and Vikas Jindal (Sanjeev’s brother).

According to information, the Ambala-based contractor took the contract of furniture and the MES had published a tender notice for a furniture contract in Sangrur and for taking the same contract, the contractor had made setting with the officials of the MES. Sanjeev contacted the MES officials and the deal was settled in Rs 2 lakh. The officials asked the contractor to put forward three different quotations from different firms. The officials had also provided him the information about how much amount is to be mentioned in each quotation.

As per sources, the CBI had tapped the phones of the officials and after accessing their phone conversations, the CBI on Friday raided and caught the Military Engineer Sandeep Chikara after Sanjeev had given him Rs 40,000 as a bribe. Both the accused were arrested.

The CBI has seized the tender files from the CWE office and on the basis of these files, further investigation will be carried on into the matter. An official said that a case against all the four accused has been registered under Section 7, 7A and 8 of the Prevention of Corruption Act and investigation is ongoing into the matter.

Source : TOI

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