New Delhi: The CBI has registered a case against two former senior Army officers for taking over Rs 82 lakh in bribes from a civilian supplier between 2012- 2016 for procuring ration for troops posted in Nagaland, agency sources said on Tuesday. Also Read - Historic! Install CCTV in All Police Stations, CBI, NIA, ED, NCB, Including Interrogation Rooms: Supreme Court
The accused were identified as Lt Col Amit Sharma and Lt Col Sutikshan Rana. The duo was booked following a complaint from Brigadier Rajiv Gautam, posted at the headquarters of Army’s 3 Corps. Also Read - Shekhar Suman Speaks on Sushant Singh Rajput Death Case Again, Says Agencies Are Helpless in Absence of Evidence
Sharma and Rana, officers of the Army Service Corps, received bribes worth Rs 58.62 lakh and Rs 22.92 lakh, respectively, from supplier Jai Prakash Singh between 2012 and 2016, a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) official said requesting anonymity. Also Read - CBI Raids 40 Places Across 3 States In Connection With Illegal Coal Trade
Sharma was commanding officer of the Army Service Corps (Supply) Type ‘C’ at Dimapur from July 27, 2012 to October 15, 2014, while Rana held the position from October 16, 2014 to September 10, 2016.
The Army court of inquiry held the officers guilty of taking bribes.
The CBI had first registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) in the matter. During the seven-month-long PE, the CBI managed to establish payments of Rs 10 lakh and Rs 3.40 lakh from the ration supplier to the two Army officers.
The payments were made through bank deposits of third parties known or close to the family members of Sharma and Rana.
In his complaint, Brigadier Gautam had stated that the “magnitude of corruption is much more than what has been revealed by Army investigations. Therefore, detailed further investigations are required by the CBI to unravel the complete nexus of corrupt officers, their disproportionate assets and to ensure that perpetrators of corrupt practices and crimes are tied and punished under the Prevention of Corruption Act”.
Recently, CBI had registered an FIR against Special Director Rakesh Asthana for allegedly taking a bribe from an accused probed by him in lieu of ensuring relief and a clean chit in the case.
The case was registered on a statement of the alleged bribe giver, Sathish Sana, who was facing probe in a separate case of bribery involving meat exporter Moin Qureshi. Asthana, in his complaint against the director two months ago, had alleged that Sana paid Verma Rs 2 crore to get relief.
Besides Asthana, Prasad, and CBI’s DSP Devender Kumar, another middleman Somesh Prasad has also been named as an accused in the case.
The FIR had alleged that Kumar, being the IO in the case against meat exporter Moin Qureshi, was repeatedly calling the complainant to the CBI office to harass him and compel him to pay a bribe of Rs five crore for getting a clean chit in the case.
The complaint had also said that a part of the bribe was paid by Sana.
In an unprecedented move, the government had divested both Verma and Asthana of their duties and sent on leave on the intervening night of October 23 and 24 in the wake of their bitter feud that triggered a crisis in the 55-year history of the CBI for the first time.