Colonel held on bribe charge

KOLKATA: CBI on Saturday arrested a colonel with the Eastern Command of the Indian Army from Kolkata on the charges of bribery. The agency also raided the residence of the colonel and recovered the money. Three other persons including the managing director, director and a representative of a Pune-based company was also arrested in the same case.

According to sources, the Pune-based firm was looking forward to supplying rock splitters used by various field formations of the Army. These splitters are used for demolition of rock and stone apart from breaking down concrete and reinforced concrete. After the company got in touch with the colonel, he allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 1.8 lakh. “Back in February, the colonel has allegedly accepted Rs 50,000 from the company officials. He had further demanded a second instalment of Rs 50,000 from them and the company officials came to Kolkata to hand him over the money,” said CBI spokesperson R K Gaur.

Working on specific inputs, the CBI was tracking the movements of the firm officials for some time. The agency came to know that the director of the company was scheduled to meet the colonel on Saturday in Kolkata. While the director was handing over the money to the colonel, CBI officers caught both of them red handed. Raids were conducted on six premises including two in Kolkata – one of them being the colonel’s residence.


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