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Mumbai: CBI arrests principal chief mechanical engineer of Central Railway in bribery case

Updated on: 27 September,2022 08:59 PM IST  |  Mumbai
Faizan Khan | faizan.khan@mid-day.com

Ashok Kumar Gupta, posted at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, was arrested after his driver was caught receiving the bribe on his behalf

Mumbai: CBI arrests principal chief mechanical engineer of Central Railway in bribery case

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a principal chief mechanical engineer of Central Railways in Mumbai for allegedly receiving a Rs one lakh bribe for clearing bills of a Kolkata-based private company.

According to CBI, a case was registered against Ashok Kumar Gupta, Principal Chief Mechanical Engineer, Central Railway, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), Mumbai; Kolkata-based private company and its Partner and other unknown public servants/private persons. It was alleged that the bills of Kolkata based private company were pending with the Mechanical Department of Central Railway. The Principal Chief Mechanical Engineer (PCME), Central Railway, Mumbai was the overall in-charge of the Mechanical Department of Central Railways and all tenders and work contracts related to the mechanical department of Central Railway were allegedly under his purview. 

“On specific instructions of said Principal Chief Mechanical Engineer (PCME), the Technician-II, Central Railway (working as his official driver) accepted the bribe of Rs one lakh on his behalf from a private firm having an office at Bandra, Mumbai, which in turn delivered the said bribe amount on behalf of said Partner of Kolkata based private company. CBI caught the said PCME (who demanded the bribe) and his driver and also recovered the bribe amount,” the CBI said in its statement.

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Later, the said partner of a Kolkata-based private company was also arrested. Following the arrest, the CBI carried out searches at 10 locations including Mumbai, Kolkata, Ghaziabad, Noida, Dehradun and Delhi at the premises of the accused. 

“During searches at the premises of Principal Chief Mechanical Engineer(PCME), approximately Rs 23 lakh cash, jewellery including diamond worth around Rs 40 lakh have been recovered. Details of investments of around Rs 8 crore, land and houses at Noida, Haridwar, Dehradun and Delhi worth more than Rs 5 crore. Three foreign bank accounts in Singapore and USA having deposits of around USD 2,00,00, one NRI bank account and other bank accounts in the name of the accused and family members have been found,” the statement of the federal agency reads further.

The officials also said that one bank locker has also been identified which is yet to be open.

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