CBI files challan in Chandigarh EOW bribery scandal

  • Nikhil Sharma, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Oct 13, 2015 12:18 IST
Accused Sanjay Dahuja being produced at district court, sector 43 in Chandigarh (Karun Sharma/HT Photo )

Businessman Sanjay Dahuja had demanded and accepted Rs 40 lakh as bribe on behalf of deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Ram Chander Meena, said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), in its challan submitted to the special CBI court on Monday.

According to the CBI, on being caught with the bribe amount, Dahuja made this revelation. The actual amount demanded by economic offences wing officials of the UT police was Rs 75 lakh, which was reduced to Rs 70 lakh and finally to Rs 40 lakh, states the challan.

The CBI investigation revealed that on August 12 this year, the amount of Rs 40 lakh to be paid to the EOW officials (through Dahuja) and a postdated cheque for Rs 30 lakh to be made in the name of Deepa Duggal, mother-inlaw of accused KLG Hotel owner Aman Grover, were finalised and the time of delivering the amount was fixed at noon the next day.

“At around 9pm (on August 12), accused Dahuja and Meena visited Swagat Restaurant for dinner and remained there till 11:30pm,” reads the CBI report.

The CBI has also submitted transcripts of the recorded conversations between the accused persons and the complainant, Guneet Kaur. The CBI laid the trap in the presence of two independent witnesses: Mandeep Kang and Manish Kumar, both deputed as inspectors at the Central Excise and Customs, Sector 17.

The voice samples of the accused and the complainant, recorded in front of the two witnesses, their mobile phones as well as ‘hand wash’ of Aman Grover were forwarded to Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), New Delhi, for opinion. “The result of examination by the expert has revealed that the samples of accused Aman Grover gave positive tests for the presence of phenolphthalein and sodium carbonate (chemicals applied on currency notes used as the bribe amount) and the result on questioned voices and specimen voices sample is yet awaited,” states the challan.

The CBI has also established that sub-inspector Surinder Kumar was continuously in contact with Grover, Dahuja and Meena. As per the report, Surinder Kumar and RC Meena were intending to settle the cases pending against the family of the complainant using corrupt and illegal means.

The accused police officials and businessmen were arrested by the CBI on August 13 for demanding and accepting the bribe for not arresting complainant Guneet Kaur’s parents and brother in connection with a case being investigated by the EOW wing of the UT police. The accused were booked under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, and the Indian Penal Code for criminal conspiracy.


Excerpts of conversation between complainant Guneet Kaur and Sanjay Dahuja

Guneet: Mere ko bataiye aap… Sanjay Ji ke police ko agar hum paise denge, ye to kitne saare policemen hain… saaron ka muh khula huya hai.

Sanjay: Kuch nahin dena, ek hi jagah ye, ek hi jagah hoga kaam.

G: Nahin abhi to because abhi to kitne saare jane phone karke mangte rehte hain aur whatever kehte hain

S: Kuch nahin karna

G: Haan

S: Kissi ko kuchh nahin dena, ek hi jagah pe hoga kaam. Ek hi jagah pe saara kaam ho jana

G: Nahin par Sanjay Ji, isme surety kya hai ke kal ko hum police ko paise de, to fir vo mere parents ko hath nahi lagayenge

S: Kuchh nahin, kuch nahin hoga. Voh ek hi cheez. dekho aisa hai, apko kya karna padega, apko

Aman se deal karni padegi. Aman se deal karke close karlo.

G: Theek hai ji

S: Uske baad yahan FIR vapas ki chitthi de dega police ko “IG”… nahi, to jitney paise, matlab ye Rs 50 lakh jo hain police ke hain…Police ke to Rs 40 lakh hain.

G: Rs 40 lakh police ke? Or ek hi jana itne paise leta hai…?

S: Nahin, saari team ka ikatha hai. Saara kuchh ikatha hai. Issme kuchh share Swanis ka hai.

G: Swanis ko paise mil rahe hain

S: Swanis ne dene hain police ko kuchh

G: Swanis ne police ko paise kyun dene hain, taaki humko tang karne ke liye?

S: Ikathe team, team up huyi hai na. Swanis ke chakkar me to Takkar sahib ayi hain. Mera role sirf itna that when Swanis came here, I did not know that uske baad Aman or in dono ko upar se, jo IG sahab waala scene huya, uske baad neeche maine meeting karwai thi inki.

G: Agar... agar Mai paise de deti hun to police paise lene pe ye keh denge ki ye signature forged nahi hai?

S: Nahi vo ek report hai. Vo to nahi bol sakte, vo to paper pe hai.

G: To fir?

S: Vo ek favourable report denge, vahan pe apka lawyer jo hai, vo usko quash karwayega. 99% quash ho jayegi. Usme jo police favourable de degi, bol degi ki koi aisa issue nahi hai. Internal matter tha, sort out ho gaya, vo favourable report degi.

G: Vo matlab?

S: Fir judge ke upar hai.

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