Mumbai: Senior CR engineer held in Rs 1 lakh bribery case

Times of India | 2 months ago | 28-09-2022 | 05:10 am

Mumbai: Senior CR engineer held in Rs 1 lakh bribery case

MUMBAI: The CBI on Monday arrested Central Railway's principal chief mechanical engineer Ashoke Gupta, his driver and a contractor in a Rs 1 lakh bribery case and claimed to have recovered Rs 23 lakh in cash and jewellery worth Rs 40 lakh. The agency has also reportedly found details of foreign bank accounts containing $2 lakh (approx Rs 1.6 crore) and other investments worth Rs 8 crore from the official's quarters at Badhwar Park in Cuffe Parade. The agency also claimed to have recovered a ledger from Gupta's house in which he had allegedly mentioned about bribes-running into a few crores -collected from various railway contractors in the recent past. A city court has remanded Gupta, his driver Abdul Shaikh and the contractor, Aditya Tibrewal, in CBI custody for four days. According to the CBI, Gupta had bought properties in Delhi, Noida, Haridwar and Dehradun. It is alleged that he would ask his driver to collect the bribe money from contractors and then travel to Delhi by train and hand over the cash to his relatives to make investments. Gupta, a 1985-batch officer of the Indian Railway Service of mechanical engineers, was heading the CR's mechanical division in Mumbai from January 2020. All tenders and contracts related to the mechanical department were under his purview. Recently, the CBI learned from its sources that Gupta was demanding commissions from railway contractors and firms participating in tendering processes and helping them in return. The agency found that Gupta was negotiating the bribe money with Kolkata-based Tibrewal to clear his dues at his office. It maintained technical surveillance on both the men. Gupta reportedly demanded Rs 1 lakh from Tibrewal. The latter requested a friend, who has his office in Bandra, to arrange the money. On Monday, Gupta sent Shaikh to collect the money from the Bandra office, as instructed by Tibrewal. Shaikh collected the money and returned to the CSMT building and waited for Gupta. The CBI team was following Shaikh and arrested him with the money from a car and Gupta from his office. Simultaneously, the agency searched 10 locations in Mumbai, Kolkata, Ghaziabad, Noida, Dehradun and Delhi.

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