The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had monitored Major Dipendra Bhushan’s telephone conversations before arresting him in a bribery case.
Major Bhushan, a medical officer at the Army Recruitment Office at Colaba, was arrested on Saturday for allegedly taking a bribe to clear candidates in the medical test.
The Hindustan Times accessed the conversation between the armyman and complainant, Ajay Pawar. The CBI told the court about this conversation on Sunday while seeking Major Bhushan’s custody. The Major was remanded in CBI custody until June 25.
Major Bhushan demanded Rs 50,000 for ensuring Pawar passed the medical test. Pawar contacted the CBI and his subsequent conversations with Major Bhushan were recorded. “Ghabrao mat, tumne mujhe bataya ki tum gareeb ho is liye dus mein kar raha hun nahi toh challis-pachaas hazaar se kam nahi leta hun (I have agreed to do this for you only for Rs 10,000 because you are poor. I usually take Rs 40,000-50,000,” Major Bhushan told Pawar.
The CBI has recovered Rs 10,000 that Pawar paid as bribe from Major Bhushan’s driver, Bharat Oram.
It recovered another Rs 9,500 taken from a different candidate.
The CBI searched the Major’s house and office and found names and cell phone numbers of several candidates.
The agency now plans to investigate whether Major Bhushan had contacted other candidates too.
An Armed Forces Medical College pass-out, Major Bhushan has been in service for 11 years.
He claimed he was being framed and the amount recovered from his house was “the normal sum of money that any one keeps at home”.