A superintending engineer (SE) of Punjab's department of water supply and sanitation, NK Dhir, was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) while he was allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 30,000 from a contractor at the department office in Sector 34 here on Tuesday.
The contractor had approached the CBI and helped lay the trap as Dhir was allegedly asking for Rs 1.3 lakh to clear his bills of Rs 30 lakh pending with the department for supply of sanitary equipment.
A special CBI team conducted the raid and arrested the accused red-handed as he was taking the bribe's first installment of Rs 30,000. Search was also conducted at his residential premises, said CBI sources. Dhir, booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act, would be produced in on Wednesday.
In June, in another case, the CBI had arrested a former Punjab deputy superintendent of police (DSP) from his friend's house in Sector 38-west for a fraud of Rs 2.33 crore with the income tax department.
The prime accused in that case registered last year is regional account officer (RAO) Subhash Solanki of the I-T department, while 42-year-old Deol, a Hoshiarpur native who was reportedly dismissed from the Punjab Police in a case around a decade ago, is a co-accused.
Deol currently works as a realty consultant. CBI had also seized a red beacon SUV, bearing a Punjab registration number, from outside the house.