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Bullet-proof jackets deal: CBI searches MHA official's home

CBI on Wednesday conducted searches at the residential and office premises of a Home Ministry official and a private party in a connection with a graft case in the purchase of bullet-proof jackets for Central Police Forces after registering a case against him.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2010 07:07 PM IST

CBI on Wednesday conducted searches at the residential and office premises of a Home Ministry official and a private party in a connection with a graft case in the purchase of bullet-proof jackets for Central Police Forces after registering a case against him.

CBI registered the case against the director-level official for allegedly accepting bribe in the purchase of bullet-proof jackets for Central Police Forces.

The case was registered the case this month against a 1984-IRES officer R S Sharma who developed "nexus" with some private firms involved in the supply of 59,000 bullet-proof jackets for paramilitary forces, CBI said in a statement.

"An officer of MHA developed nexus with certain private firms supplying security equipment such as armoured panels, bullet-proof jackets, helmest shields etc for granting undue favours to such firms," Harsh Bahl, official spokesperson of the agency, said.

The official established an "unauthorised" contact with the private firm and have been demanding an accepting illegal gratification in lieu of services and favours shown, he said.

"Searches are being conducted at residential and official premises of the accused officer and residential and factory premises of the owner of the private firm," he said.

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