Hyderabad : The Central Bureau of Investigation, on Saturday, arrested two persons on charges of demanding bribe from the accused involved in a bank fraud case by impersonating as  CBI officers.

The arrested are  Y. Manivardhan Reddy of Hyderabad and Selvam Ramaraj of Madurai in Tamil Nadu . The duo  threatened and demanded huge amount as bribes from various individuals, who are facing cases with the central law enforcement agencies.

Their  modus operandi was  Manivardhan Reddy and Selvam Ramaraj would  contacted the  accused in a CBI case pertaining to a bank fraud, and demanded huge amount in the name of senior CBI officials posted at New Delhi.

It was further alleged that, the two persons had used a malicious software to spoof the landline telephone number 011-24302700 of CBI, installed at head office in New Delhi. They would make multiple calls demanding bribe from the accused involved in bank fraud case on their  mobile number posing themselves as senior CBI officers  calling from New Delhi.

On January 4, Manivardhan Reddy had gone to Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh and met the accused in CBI case and demanded bribe in the name of senior CBI officers.

Reddy threatened him with dire consequences if the demanded bribe amount was not handed over within two days. The CBI officials carried out searches at five places, including two in Chennai, one each at Hyderabad, Madurai and Shivakasi leading to recovery of several mobile phones. Various incriminating WhatsApp communications and incriminating documents surfaced.

Both Reddy and Ramaraj will be produced before the competent court and further investigation is on.



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