Two Punjab transport dept officials held taking Rs 1-lakh bribe
Both had allegedly threatened the complainant that if he refused to pay the bribe, they would ensure issuance of adverse orders against him.Updated: Jan 22, 2018 22:16 IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested two officials of the Punjab transport department from Chandigarh while accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh (Rs 50,000 each) from an employee for giving him clean chit in a departmental probe.
A case has been registered on the basis of a complaint from an employee, who was dismissed from service about a year-and-half ago, officials said. He approached the department’s special secretary, Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal, appealing against his dismissal. Dhaliwal cancelled the order and directed a re-probe, said CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal.
While the identity of the complainant has not been revealed, officials said transport department superintendent Rajeev Kumar and clerk Jaswinder Singh were arrested from the Punjab civil secretariat. They were posted in the office of special secretary, state transport department, Sector 9.
Both had allegedly threatened the complainant that if he refused to pay the bribe, they would ensure issuance of adverse orders against him, the spokesperson said, adding that after negotiation, the deal was struck at Rs 1 lakh.
The complainant approached the CBI against the officials following which the agency laid a trap and both the officials were caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 each.
Searches were conducted at Kumar’s house in Chandigarh and Singh’s residence in Mohali and property related documents were seized.
The accused will be produced in the court of special CBI judge at district courts in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
First Published: Jan 22, 2018 22:14 IST