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Graft case: BSF adviser, trader sent to police remand

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Patiala, November 22, 2012
First Published: 22:56 IST(22/11/2012) | Last Updated: 00:31 IST(23/11/2012)

Border Security Force (BSF) deputy financial adviser Charu Narang Thakur and Ludhiana businessman Sandeep Mehra, who were arrested in Mohali on Wednesday in a bribery case, were produced before the special CBI judge here on Thursday and were sent in two-day police remand.

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The two were produced in the court of special CBI judge Balbir Singh in the afternoon.

According to information, the CBI sought the remand of the two for at least 10 days, but was allowed only two days after the defence counsels put up their pleas in the court.

During arguments, Satnam Singh Kler, counsel for Mehra, said the way the CBI had described the "trap" in the case raised many questions.

"The tenders for supplying BSF clothing had been cancelled earlier because of technical hitches, before the fresh tenders were allotted once again in Mehra's name on November 9. When the tenders had already been allotted, why would someone give bribe for its allotment," Kalel pleaded.

The defence counsel argued that the trap was not red-handed and the money recovered as per the CBI could be anybody's as the BSF camp was not situated at an isolated place but was located at Landran near Mohali. 

On the other hand, CBI counsel SK Kantiwal pleaded that the investigating agency wanted to examine the earlier conversations between the BSF adviser and the trader, and it needed their custody.

Thakur was allegedly caught while accepting a bribe for clearing Mehra's Rs. 10-lakh tender for supplying cloth to the force at the BSF camp at Mohali.

Sleuths of the CBI, who acted on a tip-off, claimed to have recovered the Rs. 1.8-lakh bribe money, besides Rs. 1 lakh from the purse of Thakur, a 1998-batch officer of the postal and telecom (finance and accounts) services.

On deputation to the BSF, Thakur has held her current position since January 2011.

Mehra, who has been supplying cloth to the BSF in the region, had come to Thakur's office to allegedly bribe her for processing the documents of his tender, besides clearing the pending payment of Rs. 10 lakh. Both have been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

They will be again produced before the CBI court after the end of their police remand.

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