CBI arrests VP of private firm in MHA bribery case
New Delhi: The CBI on Friday arrested the Vice-President of Soma Enterprises Ltd, a Hyderabad-based company, which was recently involved in offering Rs 2 crore bribe to a DIG-ranked CBI officer through a Home Ministry official.
Ramachandra Rao Patri was arrested by CBI sleuths in addition to Dheeraj Kumar Singh, Section Officer (IPS-IV) in Police-I Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Dinesh Chand Gupta, a representative of Soma Enterprises, both of whom were held on Thursday.
The case came to light after the Central Bureau of Investigation laid a trap for Singh and caught him trying to pay Rs 16 lakh in bribe to the senior CBI official. The amount was allegedly the first installment of the total Rs 2 crore.
According to the CBI, the MHA official had approached the DIG-ranked officer with an offer of Rs 2 crore in exchange for settling a Preliminary Enquiry in favour of Soma Enterprises.
The CBI official then informed his seniors about the offer and became the complainant in the case, which led to the arrest of the accused.
Interestingly, Singh is said to have been the Additional Personal Secretary to former Minister of State (Home) Hansraj Ahir and his co-accused Dinesh Chand Gupta has previously been caught trying to bribe CBI officers.
Gupta was in 2013, caught trying to bribe a CBI Inspector Rajesh Chandra Karnatak and a CBI SP Vivek Dutt with Rs 7 lakh to "settle" land dispute he was involved in. The central agency had filed a chargesheet against Gupta in 2013 in connection with this case.
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