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CBI arrest joint director of Himachal industries dept on graft charges in Chandigarh

The duo were arrested CBI from Sector 8, Chandigarh, along with Rs. 3.5 lakh in bribe money.

punjab Updated: May 30, 2017 16:51 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested joint director of Himachal Pradesh industries department Tilak Raj Sharma in a graft case.

Sharma was arrested along with one conduit --- a Baddi based businessman, Ashok Rana, from Sector 8 in Chandigarh along with Rs 5 lakh cash outside a salon.

Sources reveal that Tilak Raj Sharma is close to power centers in Himachal Pradesh and also with BJP and Congress leaders in the state.

The duo had demanded Rs 10 lakh for processing and recommending a grant for approval of Rs 50 lakhs as subsidy to, a Baddi based company, Medicef Pharma.

The two were arrested on complaint of Chander Shekhar, a chartered accountant who lives in Panchkula and has an office in Manimajra. Shekhar had filed a complaint on behalf of Medicef Pharma to whom he is providing his services as a consultant.

In his complaint submitted to CBI on May 27, Shekhar accused joint director department of industries Tilak Raj Sharma on whose behalf Ashok Rana had demanded bribe of Rs 10 lakh.

In his complaint, Shekhar said, in March this year he had submitted file to the department for claiming 15% capital investment on the new machinery installed in the factory at Baddi as per the policy of government of India.

The complainant said that Sharma had asked him to get in touch with Rana who had sought Rs 10 lakh as bribe for processing the file.

On May 22, Tilak Raj Sharma had issued notice to the company asking them to inform whether he had made substantial expansion of their unit in Baddi. Shekhar claimed that all these documents were already submitted in March while making case for subsidy.

CBI spokesperson, RK Gaur, said that raids were conducted at Sharma’s residence and the gold has been recovered from his house.

First Published: May 30, 2017 14:34 IST