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CBI arrests ex-homeguard for blackmailing transport officials

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The CBI has arrested a former homeguard for allegedly extorting money from transport department officials after secretly filming them while taking bribe, the probe agency's officials said here today. The CBI had received "reliable" information about "rampant corruption" in the government's transport department, wherein officials of some enforcement teams were collecting hefty amount of illegal gratification from drivers and owners of vehicles violating traffic rules, they said. The agency also received information that taking advantage of the situation, -- a resident of Ghaziabad -- started secretly filming officials indulging in corrupt act and extorted money for them for not sending those videos videos to higher officials, the officials said. In one such case, Jagat Singh, an of the transport department, was reportedly filmed by the while allegedly taking bribes from vehicle owners in Mundka on February 8 midnight, they said. According to an FIR, Moga collected details of Jagat Singh from two officials of the transport department -- and -- and informed them that the has been trapped in the sting video. "and are aware of the modus operandi of of extorting money from officials and also about the fact that ASI is being subjected to the same," it said. Moga demanded "protection money" from who engaged Raj Kapoor, a transport department official, for negotiating the payment, the FIR stated. After getting information about exchange of extortion money, the CBI laid a trap on Saturday morning and arrested Moga, the sources said. During searches, the agency also seized the alleged extortion amount of over Rs one lakh, they said, adding all the four persons -- Moga, Jagat Singh, and Anil Sharma -- have been named as accused in the FIR.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 21:20 IST
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