Hyderabad: In two separate incidents, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) caught two government officials red-handed while taking a bribe.
In the first incident, the CBI arrested P. Sai Komareshwar, executive engineer (electrical) of the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) in Hyderabad, for asking Rs 60,000 as a bribe in return for clearing pending bills.
The CBI registered the case against the engineer, on the allegations that he had demanded Rs 60,000 - three percent of the final bill amount of around Rs 20 lakhs - from the complainant for clearing the bills for the contracts he had executed for the CPWD. It was further alleged that the complainant had already paid Rs 45,000 to Komareshwar. But the accused allegedly demanded the remaining bribe amount of Rs 15,000.
The CBI laid a trap and caught the accused red-handed while demanding and accepting the remaining bribe amount of Rs 15,000.
The CBI conducted searches at the office and residential premises of the accused. Cash of approximately Rs 1.34 lakhs and around 27 documents were recovered at his office while Rs 30.5 lakhs cash and documents related to purchase of gold Jewellery and others from the residence. The accused was produced on Tuesday before the Special Judge for CBI Cases, Hyderabad.
Meanwhile, the CBI also registered a case against Jitendra K. Dagur, superintendent of Central Excise & Central Tax (GST), Honnavar Range, Uttara Kannada (Karwar), Karnataka on a complaint that alleged that Jitendra had demanded a bribe of Rs 50,000 from the complainant to waive off service tax and penalty due on tax returns. It was further alleged that on negotiation the accused agreed to accept the said amount in two installments.
The CBI officials laid a trap and caught the accused red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 25,000 as the first installment. Searches were conducted at the office and residence of the accused at Honnavar. The accused was arrested and produced before a court in Bangalore and remanded to judicial custody.