The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) reportedly caught two persons, including an official of the Food Corporation of India (FCI), while accepting a bribe of Rs. 80,000 from a rice miller at the FCI buffer godown here on Tuesday.
According to a press release issued by the CBI, its anti-corruption branch (ACB) at Chandigarh received a complaint from Vishav Kumar, an employee of a rice sheller, alleging that Devinder Kumar, technical assistant-3, FCI, had demanded Rs. 80,000 for issuing A-Note (quality clearance) forms and allowing the delivery of two trucks of rice.
The ACB registered a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act and laid a trap. The accused official, along with another person, was caught taking the bribe from the complainant.
The CBI press note focused on the official. "Searches were carried out on the residential premises of the public servant and a large amount of cash and incriminating documents were recovered. Further investigation is on in respect to the role of other FCI officers," the release added. The CBI reportedly questioned the FCI's area manager.
Rice millers claimed that the other person arrested by the CBI was also an FCI official. Rice Millers Association President Gurmeet Singh told the media that the co-accused was also a technical assistant. However, his claim was not verified independently.
"There is a nexus between senior and junior officials. They are exploiting rice millers. The CBI should also probe the role of senior officials in the scam," Gurmeet alleged.
He added that rice millers were forced to pay bribe to FCI officials to secure their payment.