Last month, Chief Postmaster General MS Bali had assured the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) that he would give it a list of corrupt employees in the postal department.
When Bali made this promise to Joint Director, CBI, West Zone, Rishi Raj Singh, during a meeting in January, the CBI had no idea that Bali himself would top that list.
Bali, who heads the postal department in Maharashtra and Goa, is in the CBI net for accepting a bribe of Rs 2 crore.
Singh said that the CBI had met heads of various government departments last month to ask them to part with the list of corrupt employees.
Singh met Bali on January 15 at latter’s office in the GPO in south Mumbai.
When Bali was making promises to help fight corruption, he had already asked his middleman, Harsh Dalmiya, to make the bribe demand to ex-corporator, Rita Shah, for issuing a no objection certificate (NOC) for the development of a plot in Mira Road.
“But he did not express even a little tension during the meeting,” said Singh.
Another CBI official said Bali showed no anxiety even when he was caught. “He was so cool…like nothing had happened,” the official said requesting anonymity.
The CBI is now investigating the number of NOCs given by Bali and whether he had made any money from them.
The CBI is also questioning Bali’s driver who given the handbag that contained the bribe money to be kept in the car.
“The driver’s behaviour showed he had been doing this for a long time,” another CBI official said requesting anonymity.
The CBI is questioning the driver, but he has not been arrested.