CBI arrests NPCC official for accepting bribe of Rs 15 lakh

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, October 17, 2010

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today said it had arrested a joint general manager of the National Projects Construction Corporation (NPCC) in Dehradun for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 15 lakhs from three employees of a Ghaziabad-based contractor.

The contractor and his three employees have also been arrested for allegedly giving the bribe to the official.

The CBI said in a press release that the agency had registered a case against a general manager of the NPCC in Faridabad, his brother, who is the Ghaziabad-based contractor, the joint general manager of NPCC, the contractors's three employees and some other unknown people.

It alleged that the general manager of NPCC abused his official position and entered into a criminal conspiracy with the other accsed persons and unauthorisedly released mobilisation advance of Rs 16.71 crore in favour of a Mumbai-based company, which was subsequently transferred to a Hyderabad-based company in a Rs 200 crore contract pertaining to the construction of a road at Leh in Jammu and Kashmir. The contract was awarded to NPCC by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

The CBI alleged that NPCC awarded the work to the Mumbai company, which further sub-contracted it to the Hyderabad-based company.

The accused director of the Hyderabad company allegedly paid the bribe amount to the joint general manager of NPCC at Dehradun at the instance of the general manager in Faridabad through the Ghaziabad-based contractor.

The contractor allegedly asked his employees to deliver Rs 15 lakhs to the official, who was in charge of the road project. The CBI said it caught them red handed while giving and accepting the bribe.

According to the release, searches at the residential and office premises of the joint general manager yielded recovery of cash worth about Rs.59.94 lakhs, bank deposits and investments totalling Rs 23.60 lakhs a Skoda Laura car.

Searches at the residence of the contractor led to the recovery of Rs 44.4 lakhs in cash and incriminating documents pertaining to the case, the release said, adding that further investigations were on.