CBI arrests Assistant Engineer of Postal Dept in Sambalpur

Bhubaneswar: The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested an Assistant Engineer (Civil), Postal Civil Sub Division, Sambalpur while demanding & accepting bribe of Rs.1.22 lakh for himself as well as other amount of Rs.18,500/- as bribe for an Executive Engineer (Civil), Postal Division, Bhubaneswar from the complainant.

It was alleged that the bribe was demanded for releasing the balance payment of Rs.3.77 lakh towards the AMC Contract given to complainant. Another contractor was also arrested, who received bribe amount of Rs. 18,500/- from said Assistant Engineer on behalf of Executive Engineer.

CBI has registered a case against the accused on the allegations that the complainant was issued the work order in December-2021 for the work of repair & maintenance of Postal Staff Quarters at New P & T Colony, Rourkela and in pursuance of which, he has completed the works amounting to Rs.19.47 Lakh(approx).

It was further alleged that against the said contract, Rs. 1.77 lakh(approx) was withheld for delay in execution and Rs. 2 lakh was withheld for test check. For releasing the withheld amount of Rs. 3.77 lakh, the Assistant Engineer allegedly demanded bribe of Rs. 1.5 Lakh for himself and another Rs. 18,500/- for Executive Engineer from complainant. It was also alleged that upon negotiation, the accused agreed to receive the bribe of Rs. 1,22,000/- for himself and Rs. 18,500/- for Executive Engineer.

CBI laid a trap and caught the accused for demanding & accepting the said bribe.

Searches were conducted at the premises of accused including at Bhubnaswer, Sambalpur, Patna etc which led to recovery of certain incriminating documents.

The arrested accused will be produced today before the Competent Court at Bhubnaswer.