CBI Arrest one Chief Mechanical Engineer and 3 Private Persons in a Bribery Case of Rs.84.5 Lakh
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a Chief Mechanical Engineer, Paradip Port Trust, Odisha and three private persons including conduit, middleman etc. in a case related to bribery.
A case was filed against the chief mechanical engineer, the Paradip Port Trust in Odisha, as well as unidentified individuals, private businesses, and private individuals. According to the allegations, the Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME), Paradip Port Trust (Odisha), had a habit of soliciting and accepting bribes through a close intermediary in order to grant unfair advantages to numerous private stake holders involved in port operations and activities at Paradip Port. The Manager Port Operations of a private group of enterprises and other individuals were in close communication with the aforementioned conduit of CME, who was also reportedly operating as a middleman with other Cargo companies. Furthermore, it was claimed that a private company based in Cuttack, Odisha, destroyed the conveyor belt used in the Paradip Port while offloading cargo.
The conveyor belt’s maintenance and replacement were exceedingly expensive. The aforementioned CME fixed it at Port Trust’s expense through a plot including a conduit, middleman, and director of the said private firm, giving the latter a large financial benefit. The conduit allegedly wanted Rs. 60 lakh in return as payment for the aforementioned favour, purportedly on behalf of CME. As a result, he obtained the bribe payment of Rs. 25 lakh from Cuttack and held on to Rs. 10 lakh for himself and his family. Additionally, it was claimed that the conduit gave Rs. 10 lakh to a Bhubaneshwar property developer who the Chief Mechanical Engineer reportedly reserved a home with.
The CBI detained the aforementioned conduit in Paradip and took back Rs. 5 lakh of the allegedly paid bribes from him. Later, a portion of the purported bribe, totaling Rs. 18.30 lakh, was also found. Further searches turned up jewellery worth approximately Rs. 20.25 lakh, investment-related documents, and other incriminating papers at the home of the Chief Mechanical Engineer.
Additionally, searches at the homes of the accused were done in 15 different places, including Paradip, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, and Bhubaneshwar. Aproximately Rs. 41 lakh was retrieved from the director of the aforementioned private company’s residence.
The arrested accused to be produced before the Competent Court.