Senior Indian Railways official arrested with Rs 1 crore bribe by CBI

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KEY STORY

  • New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested a senior Indian Railways Engineering Service official in an alleged bribery case of Rs one crore.

Indian Railways

  • India’s federal probe agency has recovered the entire Rs one crore bribe money and said it is the biggest entrapment case in recent times.
  • “We caught the official when he was taking the bribe. The entire Rs one crore has been seized. While the agency has recovered a large amount of the cash previously, this is the biggest entrapment case in the history of the CBI,” said a CBI official.  
  • The suspect, Mahender Singh Chauhan, is a 1985 batch official of Railways Engineering Service. Chauhan was posted at Maligaon which is the headquarters of North East Frontier Railways.
  • The CBI officials have also detained two more persons in the case. The CBI is carrying out raids and searches in 20 locations in five states including Delhi, Assam and Uttrakhand. After formally arresting Chauhan, the CBI will seek his custodial remand.

CONCLUSION

  • In October 2020, the CBI had booked four officials of Indian Railways for colluding with executives of a private company to clear fake bills and thus causing huge loss to government officials. These four officials were also posted at North East Frontier Railways.
  • The CBI FIR stated that the company had submitted forged bills by prefixing numerical ‘1’ to the actual amount. “A bill for over Rs 1.80 crore was allegedly changed to Rs 11.80 crore. In another instance, a bill of Rs 2.92 crore was changed to Rs 12.92 crores. Eight such anomalies were found,” said the CBI in its FIR.

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