CBI arrests major-rank officer on bribery charges

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a major-rank officer at the Pune-based College of Military Engineering (CME) over allegations that he accepted a bribe of Rs 6,500 in exchange for giving certain sanctions to a contractor.

The officer, identified as Major Gurdev Singh, was arrested on Monday. He was posted as an assistant garrison engineer at CME. The CBI has registered a case under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act against Singh and junior engineer Sudhir Ranjan Jena upon ‘allegations that the accused demanded 3 per cent each of Rs 2.16 lakh which the complainant (contractor) had received as payment in respect of the work executed by him in the month of December, 2013’. ‘The accused persons told the contractor that unless they received the money, they would not allow him to execute the full contracted work and also put his firm on the slow progress list,’ a CBI spokesperson said here. Acting on a complaint by the contractor, CBI sleuths laid a trap and Singh was caught red-handed while accepting the bribe of Rs 6,500 from the former.
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