Civil aviation officer booked for graft
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a case against a senior official of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) for abusing his official position and conspiring with persons who had official dealings with him.mumbai Updated: May 20, 2010 00:46 IST
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a case against a senior official of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) for abusing his official position and conspiring with persons who had official dealings with him.
The anti-corruption branch (ACB) of the CBI registered the case under the Prevention of Corruption Act against Manoj Malviya, Additional Commissi-oner (Security), BCAS, who was posted in New Delhi.
No arrests have been made.
The CBI said Malviya had made the Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL), GVK Industries and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) pay for his five-star hotel stays during his visits to Mumbai between May 2009 and February 2010.
MIAL, which owns the airport, is a joint venture led by GVK in which AAI is also a partner. The BCAS is attached to the Civil Aviation ministry.
The CBI also registered a case against Virendra Chandrawat, Head of Security, MIAL, Mumbai. Cases have also been registered against unknown officials of MIAL, GVK and AAI.
Malviya a 1986 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer from the West Bengal cadre, is on deputation to the BCAS, police said.
Deputy Inspector General of Police, ACB CBI, Praveen Salunke, said Malviya visited Mumbai in May last year and stayed at Taj Mahal hotel for which AAI paid a bill of Rs 55,662. In June last year, GVK paid a bill of Rs 16,340, for Malviya’s stay at the same hotel.
The CBI also found that in February this year, Malviya stayed in Hotel Grand Hyatt in Santacruz for which a bill of Rs 24,790 was paid from Chandrawat’s credit card.
The CBI conducted raids at Malviya’s office and Delhi home in Green Park. During the raid on Malviya’s home, the CBI recovered 27 bottles of imported liquor.
The CBI will ask the local excise authorities to register a case against Malviya because a person is allowed to keep only two liquor bottles at home.
The CBI also found and seized 2,900 US $, 1,350 Hong Kong $, 90 Malaysian Ringgit, 30 Swiss Franks, 10 Euros and 8 Singapore $. Officials also seized Rs 1.2 lakh in cash.
The CBI also searched Malviya’s flat in Kolkata, MIAL’s office at Santacruz airport in Mumbai and GVK’s office at Nariman Point.
First Published: May 20, 2010 00:46 IST