Central water board scientist, IMTECH technician arrested for graft in Chandigarh
CBI raid: Arrested along with middleman delivering Rs 1.5 lakh for NOC for Gurgaon-based bizman’s bottling plant; sent to 2-day remandpunjab Updated: Oct 12, 2017 14:25 IST
During a late-night raid in Sector 39B, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested a scientist of the Central Ground Water Board, a technician of the Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH) and a middleman for seeking a bribe of Rs 1.5 lakh from a Gurgaon-based industrialist to issue a no-objection certificate (NOCs) for industrial use of ground water.
Sanjay Pandey, a scientist-B on the post of assistant hydrologist in the board that works under the Union ministry of water resources and has its office in sector 27; technician Chander Prakash Midda of the IMTECH, a body under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in sector 39; and Dinesh Kumar, the suspected middleman, were arrested during the raid at Midda’s house on Tuesday night.
The CBI also recovered Rs 1.5 lakh that was allegedly delivered by Kumar on behalf of Gurgaon-based businessman Savraj Kandoi to get an NOC for a bottling plant. The three were produced before a special CBI court on Wednesday, which sent them to two days remand. The CBI has also issued notice to Kandoi to join the investigation.
Foreign currency, property documents seized
The CBI raided Midda’s house acting on a tip-off. The money was recovered from an almirah. The searches were also conducted at Pandey’s house. Rs 4 lakh besides $500 (Rs 32,000) and 36,000 Japanese Yen (Rs 21,000) along with other property documents were recovered from there.
Sources said earlier Pandey had demanded Rs 2 lakh, but the deal was struck at Rs 1.5 lakh. Kandoi runs a bottling plant — Vrishti Beverages Private Ltd — in Gurgaon, for which he required an NOC. Central Ground Water Board is responsible for regulating the use of ground water and issuance of NOCs to various private and government institutions.
The accused have been booked under Section 7 (public servant taking gratification other than legal remuneration in respect of an official act) read along with Section 12 (abetment) besides Sections 13(1)(d), 13(2) (criminal misconduct by a public servant) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The FIR says the two government officials connived to get money from industries in Haryana and Punjab. The applications were allegedly forwarded through a regional board officer along with recommendations for issuing the NOC to use ground water for industrial purposes, the FIR said. Even as the CBI demanded their remand for seven days to uncover the “larger conspiracy” and zero in on other people involved in the case, the court gave them a two-day remand.