Vigilance Inspector, FCI Assistant arrested in separate bribery cases

Vigilance Inspector, FCI Assistant arrested in separate bribery cases

New Delhi: The CBI arrested a Chief Vigilance Inspector of the Indian Railways in Lucknow for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 40,000 in exchange for agreeing not to jeopardise the complainant's retirement procedure.

The Central Bureau of Investigation registered a case in this regard last week against Abodh Agarwal, who was working in the vigilance department in the Research Design and Standards Organisation of Indian Railways.

According to the FIR, Agarwal allegedly accused the complainant of wrongfully promoting some employees under his command and then threatened him of grave consequences if a bribe amount is not paid. Through a colleague who is known both to Agarwal and the complainant, Agarwal allegedly demanded that a bribe of Rs 1 lakh be paid in order for him to let go of the matter.

Eventually, Agarwal had agreed to accept Rs 50,000, after the complainant had made it clear that he would not be able to pay a sum as large as the amount initially demanded. The complainant then went to CBI with his woes.

CBI sleuths laid a trap for the accused and subsequently caught him accepting a bribe amount of Rs 40,000 from the complainant.

In a separate case, the CBI arrested a Grade 1 Assistant in the Food Corporation of India also under bribery charges for unauthorisedly holding a truck drivers haul and demanding a bribe to release it in Talkatora, Lucknow. According to the case registered by CBI, FCI Asistant by the name of Rizvi allegedly held two trucks of the complainant at an FCI depot in Talkatora and asked for a bribe of Rs 7,500 in exchange for timely unloading of equipment.

Both the accused have been produced in court and have been remanded to judicial custody.

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