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Cantonment Board head held for corruption

india Updated: Feb 04, 2009 01:09 IST
Manish Pachouly

The chief executive officer and junior engineer of the Dehu Road Cantonment Board near Pune were arrested on Monday for allegedly accepting a Rs 1.25-lakh bribe from a building contractor.

The cantonment board is under the Ministry of Defence.

The anti-corruption branch of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested Rajendra Pawar, CEO of the Board, in his office while he was allegedly accepting the money from complainant Ramesh Chugh.

Later, the CBI arrested junior engineer Shashikant Shinde who was mediating for the bribe demand.

The CBI officials said that Chugh who had undertaken some construction work in the cantonment area had two pending bills of Rs 4.92 lakh and Rs 25 lakh. However, Pawar and Shinde allegedly asked him to pay a bribe of Rs 3.23 lakh to get his bills cleared.

Chugh approached the CBI which recorded his conversation with the two cantonment officials during which the bribe demands were made again. It was agreed that the first installment of Rs 1.25 lakh would be paid on Monday.

The CBI officials caught Pawar while he was accepting the money.

In subsequent raids at Pawar’s house in the cantonment area, the CBI seized jewellery worth Rs 3.5 lakh and cash of Rs 70,000. A CBI team has also been sent to Dhule to investigate if Pawar has investments in real estate. Pawar is from Pimpalner village in Dhule district.

The two arrested were produced before the special court in Pune on Tuesday and were remanded to four days’ CBI custody.