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CBI arrests Micromax owners in a bribery case

The CBI on Wednesday arrested Rajesh Agarwal and Manish Tuli – the owners-cum-partners of Micromax Informatics, for allegedly giving a bribe of Rs 30 lakh to two junior employees of the NDMC to seek authorisation for setting up a banquet hall in north Delhi.

delhi Updated: Aug 08, 2013 07:26 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday arrested Rajesh Agarwal and Manish Tuli – the owners-cum-partners of Micromax Informatics, a company that is among the country’s top mobile-handset manufacturers – for allegedly giving a bribe of Rs 30 lakh to two junior employees of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation to seek authorisation for setting up a banquet hall in north Delhi.

The bribe was allegedly meant for a superintending engineer and a few other senior officials, who had initially demanded Rs 50 lakh for giving clearance to the banquet hall and are currently absconding, said a CBI source. The CBI seized Rs 40 lakh from the premises of a junior engineer, one of the suspected officials for who the bribe was allegedly meant for, said the source.

“The two private persons arrested in today’s trap, Rajesh Agarwal and Manish Tuli, are owners of Micromax Informatics, Gurgaon, which is the maker of domestic mobile hand sets. The two muncipal corporation beldars, who took the bribe money, were accepting it on behalf of a superintending engineer and certain other senior officials,” said a CBI source.

After making the arrests, the CBI undertook searches at around 15 premises – official as well as residential – connected to the accused persons in the case including in Timarpur.

“The two arrested private persons had agreed to give the bribe to suspected MCD officials to seek civic authorisation for setting up a banquet hall for commercial usage at Wazirpur, north Delhi. A structure had to be removed to set up the banquet hall,” said the source. Apart from the superintending engineer and the junior engineer, the CBI is suspects the role of an executive engineer, an assistant engineer and a Delhi Development Authority engineer, according to the source.

“The MCD officials, whose roles are suspected in the bribery case, are currently on the run,” said the source.

"The company has got nothing to do with the alleged personal misconduct of the two arrested persons," said a company source when contacted by HT.

First Published: Aug 07, 2013 23:23 IST