CBI arrests railway officer on graft charges

New Delhi: CBI today arrested a Senior Section Engineer of Northern Railway from Chandigarh station for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 25,000 for clearing bills.

A Railway Contractor (Private Person) has alleged that he got a contract for transportation of P.Way Material with Railway Department since 2013 and final bill of the said contract was yet to be prepared in respect of the work done, CBI spokesperson said here.

Based on his complaint CBI has registered a case under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.

"The security money, PG and Earnest Money was also pending with the Senior Section Engineer(SSE), Track Depot, Northern Railway, Ambala Cantt. He (contractor) visited the office of SSE and requested him for preparation of final bill and also to release security money," the spokesperson said.

She said it was alleged that the SSE demanded a bribe of Rs 70,000 from the contractor for settling his dues.

"On the request of the complainant, the bribe amount was reduced to Rs 60,000 and the accused agreed to accept Rs 25,000 as first instalment of bribe. CBI laid a trap at the premises of Railway Station, Chandigarh and caught the Senior Section Engineer red handed," she said.

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