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Chandigarh: CBI arrests IFoS officer in graft case

CBI lays trap on complaint of sawmill owner; IFoS officer sent to jail.

punjab Updated: Jul 18, 2017 20:11 IST
HT Correspondent
Accused Birender Chaudhary is an Indian Forest Service (IFoS) officer, and also holds the charge of deputy conservator, forests, with the UT administration.
Accused Birender Chaudhary is an Indian Forest Service (IFoS) officer, and also holds the charge of deputy conservator, forests, with the UT administration. (HT Photo)

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee (CPCC) member secretary red-handed, allegedly accepting ₹1-lakh bribe at his house in Sector 27 here late on Monday evening.

Accused Birender Chaudhary is an Indian Forest Service (IFoS) officer, and also holds the charge of deputy conservator, forests, with the UT administration.

Chaudhary was allegedly taking the money to issue pollution clearance certificates for industrial units.

The CBI has registered a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act, stated a release issued on Tuesday.

Rajinder Singh, who owns a sawmill at Raipur Khurd, stated in his complaint that he was issued a show-cause notice by the CPCC member secretary for revoking the consent issued to his sawmill on December 6, 2016.

Rajinder alleged he along with three other businessmen who were facing similar issue met Chaudhary. During the meeting, the member secretary allegedly demanded ₹50,000 from each of them for not taking any adverse action. Subsequently, the deal was struck at ₹25,000, the total being ₹1 lakh, the CBI claimed.

The central agency laid a trap and caught the accused red-handed while accepting the bribe at his house.

During search on the premises, ₹2 lakh and property and bank account documents were also seized.

Court pulls up CBI officials for delay

Birender Chaudhary was produced before a local court at 3:50pm. Taking strict note of the frequent delay in producing the accused in CBI cases, the court of chief judicial magistrate (CJM) Akshdeep Mahajan pulled up officials of the central agency, saying it should not happen again.

The judicial officer said it was for the fourth time that the CBI had produced an accused late in court.

“If he was arrested late at night, he could have been produced in court by 10am,” said the CJM. “The delay is uncalled for.” As the CBI officials did not seek Chaudhary’s remand, he was sent to judicial custody.