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CBI books US-based firm executives, NHAI officials in bribery

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The CBI has booked some executives of the Indian subsidiary of US-based firm and unidentified officials of the in a case of alleged of over USD 1.18 million to secure contracts, officials said.

The CBI is carrying out searches at five locations in and Chennai at the offices of the and also at the residence of the then of its Indian subsidiary, Gopakumar, since this morning, the officials said.

The agency has named in its FIR the US-based company, its Indian subsidiary Private Limited based in Bengaluru, Gopakumar, the then Manager of RV Infra Solutions, S Krishnamurthy, and other unidentified executives of the US- based company, its Indian arm and the National Highways Authority of (NHAI), they said.

It is alleged that the company paid bribes to the tune of USD 1.18 million through its Indian arm to various officials of to secure contracts between 2011 and 2016, the officials said.

It is alleged that in order to cover up their illegal acts of bribery, the accused officials of the CDM Smith showed these expenses as "allowable business expenses" in their income tax returns, they said.

Later, they submitted before the Income Tax office in that certain expenses listed under allowable business expenses were not covered under the IT Act and voluntarily offered such expenses for disallowance, the officials said.

The total amount of disallowance sought by CDM Smith Private Limited and CDM Smith Inc, is equivalent of USD 1.18 million, they said.

The company has claimed before the of the USA that the disallowance amount was paid as bribe to the officials, they said.

showed expenses to sub contractors and firms but it is alleged that they were not actual expenses but routed through them to camouflage bribes paid to officials, they said.

The agency alleged that was the "key" person to manage the payments to subcontractors, they said.

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 15:05 IST