The CBI on Friday filed its third chargesheet in its probe into the Tehelka expose against former Samata Party treasurer RK Jain, who allegedly demanded a bribe from reporters posing as representatives of a fictitious arms firm to influence the then Defence Minister George Fernandes.
The CBI chargesheet, filed in the designated court here against Jain under the Pervention of Corruption Act, claimed he allegedly tried to act as a "middleman" and entered into various conversations with reporters of the web portal, who were posed as officials of the fictitous London-based Westend International.
Jain allegedly demanded a bribe from them "to influence the then Raksha Mantri (Defence Minister) in order to get then an order for supply of hand-held thermal imagers to the armed forces", the chargesheet said.
On conclusion of its investigation, the CBI filed a chargesheet against him under section nine of the PCA (taking gratification for exercise of personal influence with a public servant).
The CBI had filed its first chargesheet against former BJP president Bangaru Laxman on July 18 in the case related to the expose of alleged corruption in defence deals. Laxman had allegedly accepted Rs one lakh as a bribe. The second chargesheet was filed against H C Pant, a former staff officer of the Ordnance Factory Cell in the Defence Ministry.