CBI hands over Western Coalfields Limited government official for bribery

Mumbai: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against a Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) official for allegedly demanding money from a civil contractor for passing the invoices against two work orders awarded to the plaintiff for GI sheet work at Wardha River and pothole repair.

According to CBI FIR, a written complaint was received on September 23 from a resident of Chandrapur, alleging improper benefit of Rs 14,000 as a reward by a WCL official, for passing the invoices against two work orders given to the plaintiff for GI Sheet work at Wardha River and repairing potholes.

In his complaint to the CBI, the complainant also alleged that the official also told him that if he did not pay the money, then the bills for his future work would not be passed. The plaintiff who did not wish to pay the bribe then approached the CBI and filed a complaint about it.

“The allegations were verified in the presence of a witness and the prima facie verification revealed the claim of an undue advantage of Rs 14,000 by the civil servant for the improper or dishonest performance of a public duty as alleged in the complaint “, said the FIR. alleged.

“The accused official agreed to accept the negotiated bribe amount of Rs 10,000 from the complainant. The facts and circumstances disclosed the commission of an offense punishable under Section 7 (Official receiving a gratuity other than statutory remuneration in respect of an official act) of the Prevention of Bribery Act,” the FIR added.

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