The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which recently arrested two officials of the central finance ministry for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe from a businessman, has further recovered cash worth Rs 1 lakh from them.
The cash, suspected to be part of an irregular monetary transaction, was recovered by CBI officials from a car that the two accused officials - superintendent LN Meena and inspector Anuj Kumar - had allegedly used for travelling, said a CBI source.
The agency is verifying the car's ownership documents and questioning the duo to find out how they had acquired the cash, said the source. The two accused officials were working with the service tax wing of the department of revenue under the finance ministry.
"The two accused were arrested on Friday for accepting a bribe of R1 lakh from a businessman in lieu of their promise to reduce his service tax dues. We suspect the accused persons could have run a bribery racket targeting the gullible. We are probing if they had accomplices," said the source.
The accused officials were trapped while allegedly accepting a bribe from the businessman near their office located at Lodhi Road, said the source.