The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday arrested a senior Indian Railways Engineering Service (IRES) official and two others for allegedly accepting bribe of Rs 1 crore. The probe agency is carrying out searches at 20 locations across the country, it said.
The agency took Mahender Singh Chauhan, a 1985-batch IRES official, into custody when he was allegedly receiving the bribe to extend favours in granting contracts of projects of the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), headquartered in Assam's Malegaon.
"It was alleged that the said Director of private company was in contact with said CAO in various on-going projects in NFR region. It was also alleged that on his demand, the said Director through his employee got delivered bribe of Rs.1 crore to the relative (private person) of said CAO at his residence in Dehradun," the CBI said in a statement.
Searches have been conducted today at 21 locations including at Delhi, Uttrakhand, Assam, Tripura and West Bengal which led to recovery of cash of Rs.54 lakh(approx.). An alleged bribe of Rs.60 lakh, which was earlier paid to said public servant, has also been recovered. The said accused(CAO) has been detained, the agency said.