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Coalgate: PE against two CBI officials over, FIR soon

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sources have revealed that the preliminary enquiry against agency’s Superintendent of Police (SP) Vivek Dutt and Inspector Rajesh Chandra Karnatak for allegedly influencing the Coalgate probe has concluded and an FIR is likely to be registered against the duo.

Dutt and Karnatak (both already under arrest for another case) were accused of favouring a private company that was allocated coal blocks.

‘We have concluded the PE and have found some evidence that points to involvement of these officers in favouring a company. Call records and other documents have been procured from various means to back our allegations,’ a senior CBI official said, adding that, ‘Dutt along with middlemen had approached some private firms under scanner in coal block probe and tried to strike a deal.’ The agency sources, however, refused to divulge name of the firm. ‘We may question the duo in connection with this case soon,’ the sources added.

In May, the CBI had arrested Dutt and Karnatak for taking Rs 7 lakh bribe from businessman Dinesh Chand Gupta to favour him in a land dispute case that was being probed by the Delhi Police.

The CBI had then moved the SC asking the court to remove Dutt from the 33-member coal block probe team. In this case the CBI claimed that Dutt with the help of Karnatak had tried to ‘extort’ money in several corruption and bank fraud cases which were being handled by Economic Offences Wing (EOW).

He was also in-charge of cyber crime cell of CBI where various agencies like Delhi Police, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and State police used to seek help.
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