Monday, April 19, 2021

India corruption agency CBI busts bribery racket in New Delhi

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has busted a bribery racket allegedly run by a Delhi-based woman who had demanded Rs 70 lakh from two Andhra Pradesh-based businessmen to get their work done in the Consumer Affairs Ministry, officials said on Monday.

According to officials, Monika Gill, a resident of the upmarket East of Kailash, allegedly used her connection with government officials to get work done for a price.

It is alleged that businessmen Ramchandra Rao Sariki and M V Krishnaiah had agreed to give an illegal gratification of Rs 70 lakh to Gill to get the ministry’s nod for setting up a weights and measures laboratory in Andhra Pradesh.

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“A source has further informed us that Gill is involved in undesirable activities and in this regard, she regularly contacts private persons to get their pending work done in the ministries and departments where she has contacts, by taking undue benefits/illegal gratification on behalf of the concerned public servants,” the FIR has alleged.

The CBI has received information that a part of this alleged payment has already been given by Sariki to Gill in the form of cash, cheque and transfer of money through bank account.

It is alleged that Sariki deposited Rs. 8.19 lakh in February, 2018 in the Axis Bank account of Gill in multiple installments, in this regard.

“The preliminary enquiry was conducted which prima-facie revealed that Monika Gill was in contact with Arun Kumar Singh, the staff/official in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Government of India in connection with the GATC notification to be issued by Legal Metrology Division, Department of Consumer Affairs,” the FIR has alleged.

The agency has also learnt that Gill transferred an amount of Rs 1 lakh in the account of Singh, the FIR alleged.

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