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‘Give me Rs 2 cr for land deal’

The Chief Postmaster General, who heads the postal departments of Maharashtra and Goa, was arrested on Wednesday for accepting a bribe of Rs 2 crore, reports HT Correspondent.

mumbai Updated: Feb 26, 2010 01:28 IST

The Chief Postmaster General, who heads the postal departments of Maharashtra and Goa, was arrested on Wednesday for accepting a bribe of Rs 2 crore.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested M. S. Bali (55) and two middlemen —Harsh Dalmiya and his father, Arun, who collected the bribe on Bali’s behalf.

Bali was arrested from Moshe’s, a restaurant in Cuffe Parade in south Mumbai, when he was accepting the money from Dalmiya.

“The trio has been remanded in CBI custody until March 3,” said Superintendent of Police, CBI, Abhin Modak.

He had demanded the money to give a no objection certificate (NOC) for developing a 2,000-square-metre plot in Mira Road.

The plot was reserved by the Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation and 25 per cent of it was meant to house a post office.

The land could not have been developed without an NOC from the postal department.

CBI’s Joint Director, West Zone, Rishi Raj Singh, said that ex-corporator, Rita Shah, met Bali in January to ask for the NOC, but Bali ignored her request.

Later, however, Harsh Dalmiya contacted Shah and told her that he could help her get the NOC if she paid for it.

Shah approached the CBI, which asked her to go ahead with the meeting. She was given a recorder to gather evidence.

When Shah and Dalmiya met Bali, he said she would have to pay Rs 2 crore.

Shah handed over the money to the Dalmiyas at their Maker Chambers office at Nariman Point, on Wednesday.

The CBI team, which had accompanied Shah to the Dalmiyas’ office, went with the middlemen to the restaurant where Bali was to meet them and accept the money.

Bali was arrested. Of the total amount, Rs 1.25 crore was meant for Bali while the rest was for the Dalmiyas.

The CBI searched Bali’s official flat at Belvedere Court on Warden Road and seized Rs 34 lakh in cash, $ 10,722 [Rs 4.97 lakh], £ 3,050 [Rs 2.16 lakh] and ¤ 3,470 [Rs 2.17 lakh].

The CBI informed the Enforcement Directorate about the foreign currency seized.

Keeping this amount of foreign currency without a licence is a violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act.