FCI bribery case: CBI recovers Rs 3 crore, cash counting machine during searches

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New Delhi, May 29 (PTI) The CBI has recovered Rs 3.01 crore in cash, jewellery and a note counting machine during searches following the arrest of four Food Corporation of India (FCI) officials in a bribery case in Bhopal, agency officials said on Saturday.

The arrested officials -- Divisional Manager Harish Hinonia, Managers Arun Shrivastava and Mohan Parate, Manager and Assistant Kishore Meena -- were produced before a special court in Bhopal which send them to CBI custody till June 2, they said.

The case pertains to the alleged demand of Rs 1.50 lakh -- at the rate of Rs 50,000 per month for January, February and March -- in bribe to release pending bills of a company, agency officials said.

They had also asked to pay Rs 70,000 for every bill to be deposited in future for clearance, they said.

After verification of the complaint, the CBI carried out a raid at the place where bribe was decided to be exchanged, and arrested the officials.

CBI spokesperson R C Joshi said during the searches in Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, a total of over Rs 3 crore in cash, one kg of gold and silver jewellery and a note counting machine were recovered. A large portion of the money was stashed in a vault inside a wooden almirah.

The CBI also recovered diary containing meticulous details of people paying the bribe which will be under investigation, he said.

'The cash amount was allegedly kept in different envelopes, some of the bundles marked / written with names of the parties, dates and amounts.... A diary was found containing the detailed record of the cash amounts obtained such as date, name of party, amount and also a note counting machine,' Joshi said. PTI ABS TDS TDS TDS

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