Saturday, September 23, 2023

CBI arrests Deputy Director of ESIC for accepting bribe of Rs 50k

Jammu: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a Deputy Director (I/c Regional Director), ESIC, Regional Office, Jammu for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs. 50,000 from the complainant.

According to a statement issued to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), a case was registered on a complaint against Deputy Director, (I/c Regional Director), ESIC Regional Office, Jammu.

“The complainant, an employee of a private firm has alleged that his firm provides security services to different private institutions. It was further alleged that the complainant came to know in the month of December 2020 that a Notice has been issued to the firm by ESIC, Regional Office, Shastri Nagar, Jammu,” the statement said. On knowing this, the complainant and the owner, both visited the O/o ESIC to meet Dy. Director. During the meeting, the Dy. Director, ESIC allegedly told the complainant that their papers were not proper and ESIC would impose a penalty of Rs.23,90,850/-(approx) on them and if they would pay him a bribe of Rs.2 lakh, he can reduce the penalty amount. After negotiation, it was told to pay the bribe in four installments of Rs.50,000/- each, it added.

“CBI laid a trap and caught the accused red-handed while demanding & accepting a bribe of Rs. 50,000/- (as part of total bribe of Rs. 2 lakh). Searches were conducted at the premises of accused in Chandigarh, Mohali & Jammu which led to recovery of cash of Rs. 7 lakh(approx) and documents related to properties,” the statement said, adding that the accused is being produced today before the Court of Special Judge for CBI Cases, Jammu—(KNO)

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