CBI arrests two ED officials in Gujarat in bribery case

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New Delhi, Jul 2 (PTI) The CBI on Friday arrested a deputy director and an assistant director of the Enforcement Directorate for allegedly demanding a Rs 75 lakh bribe from the owner of a Gujarat-based firm under probe for Rs 104 crore bank fraud, officials said.

Deputy Director Purna Kam Singh, a 2013-batch IRS officer, and Assistant Director Bhuvnesh Kumar, both posted in Ahmedabad branch of the Enforcement Directorate (ED), and two middlemen were nabbed for allegedly receiving Rs 5 lakh bribe through a middleman as the first instalment of the total bribe amount, they said.

The CBI also carried out searches at multiple locations, including the office of accused officials in Ahmedabad, officials said.

The owner of a company that is in the business of castor oil and steel pipes had come under CBI and ED probe in an alleged bank fraud case of Rs 104 crore, the CBI FIR said.

The businessman and his son were called to the ED office in Ahmedabad on April 22 and May 25 this year for questioning in the case by Singh and Kumar, officials said.

On June 18, when the father-son duo went to the ED office as per the notices, both were beaten by Singh who also threatened to attach their assets, they said.

Singh told the businessman to cough up Rs 75 lakh as a bribe to settle his case and escape the beating, the FIR alleged.

The officer also allegedly told the businessman and his son to discuss the bribe amount in code language-- a kilo for a lakh -- in the future verbal exchanges.

Nearly a week later, on June 26, Kumar called the complainant, but there was no response.

In the evening, the complainant called back Kumar and the officer told him to pay the first instalment of Rs 5 lakh along with instructions to route it through a particular 'angadia' (courier) firm and middleman in Delhi, the FIR alleged.

After getting the information, the CBI laid a trap and the middlemen were arrested. It was followed by the arrest of the two officers in Ahmedabad, officials added. PTI ABS PJT NSD NSD

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