CBI ARRESTS A DEPUTY DIRECTOR IN THE UNION MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT & FORESTS FOR ACCEPTING A BRIBE OF RS.SEVEN LAKH; RECOVERS CASH OF RS. ONE CRORE(APPROX) FROM HIS PREMISES

Press Release
New Delhi , 17.01.2013

            The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Deputy Director (Scientist), Union Ministry of Environment & Forests, Pariyavaran Bhawan, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi for demanding & accepting a bribe of Rs. Seven Lakh from a Consultant of a Bhubaneswar-based private firm. The said Consultant was also arrested for offering the bribe to the Deputy Director.

 

            A case was registered U/s 120-B of IPC, 7 & 12 of PC Act against a Deputy Director, Department of Environment & Forest, Pariyavaran Bhavan, CGO Complex, New Delhi and two private persons(Consultants of Bhubaneswar-based private firm). It was alleged that the Consultant of Bhubaneswar(Odisha) based private firm has offered illegal gratification of Rs.Seven Lakh to Deputy Director of the Ministry of Environment & Forests(Govt of India) on behalf of another private firm based at Sundargarh(Odisha) and others on 16.01.2013 near his office located at CGO Complex, New Delhi for obtaining environmental clearance.

 

            CBI laid a trap and the Deputy Director, M/o Environment & Forests was caught red handed while demanding & accepting a bribe of Rs. Seven Lakh from the Consultant of a private firm on 16.01.2013 near Adhchini, Mehrauli, New Delhi. It is alleged that the bribe money of Rs. Seven Lakh was being paid by the Consultant of private firm to the Deputy Director for the issuance of environmental clearance in respect of mining project of private firm based at Sundergarh(Odisha). This matter was scheduled for consideration for clearance by the Reconstituted Expert Appraisal Committee (Non Coal Mining) today(17.01.2013). The Consultant of private firm was also caught red handed while handing over the bribe to Deputy Director.

 

            Searches were conducted at three places at the office & residential premises of Deputy Director located at New Delhi, Gurgaon & Rohtak. Office and residential premises of the Consultant based at Bhubaneswar were also searched. Cash amounting to more than Rs.One crore(approx) besides several incriminating documents relating to movable & immovable properties were recovered from the residential premises of Deputy Director. Several incriminating documents have also been recovered from the premises of the Consultant of a private firm. Searches are still continuing.

 

            Both the arrested accused persons are being produced today before the Special Judge for CBI Cases, Patiala House Courts, New Delhi.

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