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CBI Arrests Seven In NPCC Bribery Case, Conducts Search Ops At 18 Locations

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Guwahati, July 15, 2019

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested eight people in connection with an alleged bribery case of Rs 25 lakh in the city on July 15th, 2019.

The accused are the Zonal Manager and Manager (Engineering) of the National Projects Construction Corporation Limited (NPCC Ltd) and five private persons including two directors of a Guwahati based private firm.

A case has been registered against seven accused including Zonal Manager, NPCC Ltd., Silchar (Assam); Manager (Engineering) NPCC Ltd., Jalpaiguri (West Bengal); two Directors of a Guwahati based private construction company; their associates based in Delhi, Guwahati and Gwalior.

It was alleged that the Guwahati based private construction company was awarded civil construction work related to Border Out Post of the Border Security Force (B.S.F), a press communiqué stated. The NPCC Ltd Zonal Manager and Manager (Engineering) had allegedly demanded a bribe of around Rs 33 lakh from the Director of the private construction company, based at Guwahati for processing and passing of bills related to the said civil construction work.

The communiqué further stated as “The directors of the private company had allegedly arranged a transfer of Rs 25 lakh to Delhi according to instructions of the Zonal Manager of NPCC Ltd through Hawala operation. The Zonal Manager instructed his relative based at Gwalior to go to Delhi to collect the bribe amount of Rs 25 lakh. The Director of the private company directed his employee to deliver Rs 25 lakh to the relative of the Zonal Manager.”

The CBI sleuths apprehended the relative of the Zonal Manager along with the acquaintance of this relative and the employee of the Director of the private construction company.

Searches have been conducted at 18 locations at the premises of accused including public servants, private persons, middleman etc. at Delhi, Silchar, Jalpaiguri, Guwahati, and Gwalior which have led to the recovery of several incriminating documents and articles.