- NET Web Desk
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has apprehended two National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) officials; along with three other individuals, for their alleged involvement into a bribery case worth of Rs 4 lakhs in Guwahati.
According to reports, these officials were arrested for allegedly favouring a Gurugram-based company in the processing and clearance of bills, the issuance of bank guarantees, and other matters in exchange for illicit gratifications.
These officials have been identified as – Accounts Officer Dipak Das and Junior Accounts Officer Manoj Kumar, both posted at the NHAI Regional Office in Guwahati; and Sunil Kumar Agarwal (Executive Director), Pankaj and Dilip Rajput of GR Infraprojects Ltd. in the case; informed the CBI release.
“It was further alleged that the said company had executed a contract of road widening in Meghalaya in the year 2018 for which discharge certificate was to be issued by NHAI after completion of 04 years of mandatory maintenance on 31.03.2022,” Joshi stated.
The central agency initiated searches along 15 places in Guwahati, Bengaluru, Gurugram, Shillong, and Patna at the premises of the accused, which led to the recovery of incriminating materials.
These officials recovered cash worth of Rs 2.33 crores from the premises of the Executive Director of the private company. Based on specific inputs, they carried-out a raid concerning bribe exchanges and held the accused.
Meanwhile, the CBI laid a trap and nabbed the public servants who accepted a bribe of Rs 4 lakhs from private company employees.
“The CBI has alleged that the public servants and others had favoured the company engaged in road construction projects in processing and clearance of final bills and getting bank guarantees of the company lying with the NHAI released as well as discharge certificate issued by the NHAI, for which the bribe amount was allegedly paid to the public servants,” he said.