New Delhi Jan 17,2021: The Central Bureau of Investigation has today busted a racket on the allegations that some senior public functionaries of North Eastern Frontier Railways were involved in corrupt practices with private contractors for the on-going projects in the North Eastern Frontier Railways. The contractors were allegedly being facilitated in awarding the contracts processing of subsequent bills, release of payments etc. by the public functionaries in lieu of illegal gratifications.
CBI has registered a case against a senior railway officer – Chief Administrative Officer/Construction-II, North Eastern Frontier Railways, Maligaon(Assam) & others including a Deputy Chief Engineer; an Assistant Executive Engineer (AEN); a Director & an employee of a private company based at Guwahati; a private person and unknown others under relevant sections of IPC and PC Act. It was alleged that the accused were abusing their official position for obtaining illegal gratification. It was further alleged that the said Director of private company was in contact with said CAO in various on-going projects in NFR region. It was also alleged that on his demand, the said Director through his employee got delivered bribe of Rs.1 crore to the relative (private person) of said CAO at his residence in Dehradun.
The accused allegedly exchanging bribe money were caught. The alleged bribe of Rs.One crore was recovered.
Searches have been conducted today at 21 locations including at Delhi, Uttrakhand, Assam, Tripura and West Bengal which led to recovery of cash of Rs.54 lakh(approx.). An alleged bribe of Rs.60 lakh, which was earlier paid to said public servant, has also been recovered. The said accused (CAO) has been detained.
Names of the accused:
i) Shri Mahendra Singh Chauhan, Chief Administrative Officer
(CAO)/Construction-II, North East Frontier Railways, Maligaon (Assam).
ii) Shri Hem Chand Borah, Deputy Chief Engineer.
iii) Shri Laxmi Kant Verma, Assistant Executive Engineer (AEN).
iv) Shri Pawan Baid, Director, M/s ABCI Infrastructures Pvt. Ltd.
v) Shri Bhupendra Rawat, an employee of M/s ABCI Infrastructures Pvt.
vi) Shri Indra Singh (Private Person).
vii) Other unknown persons
The investigation is continuing.