After probing the Tehelka expose for two years, the CBI on Wednesday, chargesheeted three persons, including former Samata Party president Jaya Jaitley, for allegedly receiving Rs two lakh from fictitious representatives of an arms firm to influence defence deals.
The CBI filed its chargehseet against Jaitly, Major General (retired) SP Murugai and Gopal Pacherwal, a leader of the now defunct Samata Party, before a Special Judge under relevant provisions of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The agency accused Jaitley of taking a bribe of Rs two lakh from Tehelka representatives posing as arms dealers as a motive for exercising personal influence on Defence Ministry officials for showing favour to the fictitious company West End International to get an order for supplying hand-held thermal imagers.
Murugai was charged with allegedly receiving Rs 1.2 lakh for arranging the meeting of the Tehelka representatives with Jaitley and demanding another Rs five lakh from them for getting an evaluation letter issued from the Defence Ministry in respect of the purported product of West End.
The CBI registered the case against Jaitly and three others on December six, 2004. During its probe, the CBI found that a representative of the web portal held a number of meetings between September 2000 and January 2001 with Murugai, who provided him advice as to how the company should operate.
Murugai also organised a meeting of the Tehelka representative with Jaitley, in which illegal gratification on behalf of West End was obtained by her through Pacherwal, the CBI said.