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Bali was trapped through his middlemen

The middlemen, who collected the bribe on behalf of Chief Postmaster General, Maharashtra and Goa, MS Bali, led the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to Bali, reports Manish Pachouly.

mumbai Updated: Feb 26, 2010 01:30 IST
Manish Pachouly

The middlemen, who collected the bribe on behalf of Chief Postmaster General, Maharashtra and Goa, M. S. Bali, led the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to Bali.

The CBI laid a trap for the bureaucrat. It sent the complainant, Rita Shah, to Bali with a recorder.

When the duo was discussing the amount of the bribe, Shah tactfully made Bali repeat the demand and the amount. “She asked Bali twice if it was Rs 2 crore to which he said yes,” said a CBI official requesting anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media.

When Shah did not contact Bali for few days, he called her twice and asked about the money.

It was decided that Shah would hand over the money Bali’s middlemen, Harsh and Arun Dalmiya, at their Maker Chambers office in Nariman Point.

On Wednesday evening, CBI officials accompanied Shah to Nariman Point and nabbed the Dalmiyas when they were accepting the money.

The officers asked the Dalmiyas to call Bali and inform him that the money had been collected. Bali asked them to come to Moshe’s restaurant, Cuffe Parade, with the money.

The CBI team accompanied the Dalmiyas to the restaurant and sat at a distance. The moment Bali took the cash he was arrested.

Shah told Hindustan Times that she approached CBI because she had an SMS sent by the agency asking people to inform it about corrupt elements.

“I had saved the message which had the CBI’s phone numbers,” she said.