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Suspended IAS officer arrested soon after he walks out of jail

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

In a fresh trouble for suspended Pradeep Sharma, the Anti-Bureau (ACB) in arrested him in a ten year old graft case soon after he walked out of the here today.

Sharma was granted bail yesterday by the High Court in a money laundering case being investigated by the (ED).

Sharma was first detained from outside the jail for questioning and then he was formally arrested in the afternoon in a case lodged against him at today, ACB's of said.

As per the FIR lodged by the ACB this morning, the had allegedly demanded and accepted Rs 25 lakh from a when he was holding the additional charge of of state-owned ship-building company, in

"During its probe against Sharma, the ED took the statement by one Sahayraj Savrimatthu, who told the officials that the suspended had taken a bribe of Rs 25 lakh from him to clear pending bills when he was the MD of Alcock Ashdown between 2007 and 2008 in Bhavnagar," added.

Sharma was the of district during that period and was given the charge of Alcock Ashdown as its MD, said Chudasama, who has become the complainant in the case.

"Based on the information passed on to us by the ED, we have registered a case against Sharma this morning at Bhavnagar. He has been booked under various sections of the Prevention of Act. In the afternoon, we detained Sharma from outside the jail and then formally arrested him," said the official.

The FIR alleges that he not only accepted Rs 25 lakh bribe, but also extended substantial monetary benefits to that by misusing his powers as a government officer, said.

Sharma will be produced before the ACB court in Bhavnagar tomorrow, he said.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 20:30 IST