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Rly officers held while accepting Rs 1.25 lakh from contractor

Press Trust of India  |  Rajkot 

Three employees of Western Railway, including two class-I officers, were arrested by the ACB while allegedly accepting an amount of Rs 1.25 lakh from a contractor to issue him a work order.

The two class-I officials are attached to the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) office here.

Those who have been arrested include a senior divisional engineer (class-I), divisional engineer (class-I) and chief office superintendent (class-3), said a statement by ACB.

The officials had demanded Rs 1.25 lakh to issue work order to the complainant Rajendrasinh Zala who was awarded the contract by Rajkot division to supply water, said the statement.

"Based on a complaint filed by Zala, we laid a trap at the DRM office today and arrested all the trio while accepting Rs 1.25 lakh, which they demanded to issue work order, and, as a guarantee that bills will be cleared without any trouble," said the statement.

According to ACB police inspector K H Gohil, the complainant's firm won the contract to supply water to various railway stations from Wankaner to Aliyabada.

Apart from audio devices used during the trap, Zala also submitted an audio recording to the ACB as an evidence to prove that the trio had asked for money over phone, said the release.

The ACB tonight transferred the case to the anti-corruption unit of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) since Railways is a central government department, said a ACB official.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, March 14 2017. 21:07 IST