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CBI arrests GAIL officer for graft

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a Competent Officer of GAIL (India) Limited presently posted at Noida in connection with a bribery case.

A case was registered on February 1, 2015 against Ashok Kumar Lal, on a complaint alleging that he was demanding a bribe of Rs. 5 Lakhs from a complainant to solve the issues of land compensation acquired by GAIL in Nirpura village at Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh.

“CBI laid a trap and the accused was caught red handed at his residence in Noida, while demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs. 5 Lakhs from the complainant. The bribe amount consisted of Indian currency notes of Rs. One Lakh and the rest were dummy currency, projecting the total amount to Rs. 5 Lakhs,” CBI statement reads.

The CBI sleuths carried searches at his residential and office premises and recovered Rs.19,20,500 in cash besides other documents pertaining to investment in properties and bank accounts.

The accused was produced in the Designated Court at Ghaziabad on Monday and remanded to three days police custody.

Meanwhile, GAIL (India) Limited on Monday refuted the news item in a section of the media that one of its employee was arrested by CBI on account of graft charges.

In a press statement issued by GAIL reads, “Ashok Kumar Lal, a deputy collector in Uttar Pradesh government, is not an employee of GAIL. He joined GAIL on deputation on June 3, 2013.

Subsequently as per provision of Petroleum and Mineral Pipeline Act 1962, the centre authorized him to perform the function of Competent Authority for all pipelines of GAIL (India) Limited within the territory of U.P., Uttarakhand, Haryana and NCT of Delhi. As such he is not an employee of GAIL (India) Limited.”
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