CBI arrests Lt Colonel, middleman involved in Army transfer racket

It is alleged that Moni had entered into a criminal conspiracy with Kohli and Purshottam, an army officer posted in ESD, Kakinara for influencing transfer of various officers.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: June 3, 2017 12:36 pm
Army transfer racket, Lt Colonel, Ranganathan Suvramani Moni, cbi The alleged racket was suspected to be going on in the Army headquarter with the involvement of senior officers there. (File Photo)

The CBI has arrested a lt colonel and a middleman in connection with a transfer racket at the Army headquarters in which officers allegedly paid lakhs of rupees to manipulate their postings.The CBI has arrested a lt colonel and a middleman in connection with a transfer racket at the Army headquarters in which officers allegedly paid lakhs of rupees to manipulate their postings.

Lt Col Ranganathan Suvramani Moni, posted in the personnel division of the Army, and middleman Gaurav Kohli were arrested while an alleged bribe of Rs 2 lakh was changing hands for the transfer of a Bengaluru based officer, CBI sources said today. The investigating agency had learnt of the illicit activities of some Army officers and laid a trap to arrest the two men.

The agency busted the racket involving senior Army officers posted at its headquarters here. They were allegedly giving choice postings for “huge illegal gratification” which ran into lakhs for a single transfer, sources said. The expose is bound to send ripples in the Army as some more senior officers are suspected to be involved in the case, CBI sources said.

The FIR also names Brigadier S K Grover, DDG Personnel, but his name has not been included in the list of accused. The case has been registered against Moni, Hyderabad-based army officer Purshottam, Bengaluru-based barracks and stores officer (BSO) S. Subhas and alleged middleman Gaurav Kohli.

The bribe was being paid through hawala channels, the CBI FIR alleged. The agency is also probing how Army officers were ready to pay lakhs of rupees to get a posting of their choice. It is alleged that Moni entered into a criminal conspiracy with Kohli and Purshottam, an army officer posted in the engineer stores department (ESD), Kakinara, for influencing the transfer of various officers.

Purshottam allegedly contacted army officers who were either posted in different field formations or faced imminent transfer and were desirous of getting posted to their preferred locations. He used to contact Kohli, who was close to senior officers in the personnel division of the army headquarters here.

Kohli used these contacts to pursue transfers of army officers in lieu of huge illegal gratification, the FIR said. Purshottam allegedly requested Kohli to pursue the posting of one D S R K Reddy and Subhas in exchange for a huge bribe, it claimed. Both wanted to be posted from Bengaluru to Secunderabad or Visakhapatnam.

Moni assured he would help getting Subhas transferred through a senior officers in the army headuquarters against payment of illegal gratification, it alleged. Subhas allegedly delivered Rs 5 lakh as bribe to Kohli through hawala operators.

“…Kohli visited residence of…Moni and conducted a meeting with some senior officers at the army headquarter in Delhi. Information also reveal that…Moni is in contact with Brigadier SK Grover DDG (Personnel) of Army Headquarter for the transfer matter of Subhas,” the CBI FIR stated. It is alleged that Rs 2 lakh was to be paid by Kohli to Moni for Subhas’ transfer.

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    hariharan T
    Jun 4, 2017 at 11:10 am
    There is no area where corruption is not rampant. This is definitely going to erode the morale of our forces. Stern action alone will put an end to such type of illegal activities.
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      kushal kumar
      Jun 4, 2017 at 8:22 am
      'It is a matter of great concern that corruption is prevai in our armed forces also in some measure. It should be dealt with strictly. However , readers may know this Vedic astrology writer's prediction in article " 2017 - an opportune year for India with major worrisome concerns in February-March and August-September" issued widely last year in October and November 2016 to Indian news media. It was said that northern India including Delhi , Mumbai , Tamil Nadu and the like may be in focus during August September and before in 2017 for trading or financial scams. It was also said : " Political leaders or equivalent may be unwell or break away or face consequences of wrong doing allegedly done in past". It seems the predictions have been precisely accurate.''
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        Arun Raina
        Jun 4, 2017 at 12:01 am
        The officers and their wives should be sent to jail for exploiting jawans. One Brigadier even raped/sodomized his sahayak.
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          Shambhu Ghosh
          Jun 3, 2017 at 8:48 pm
          A VERY COMMON PHENOMENA AFFECTING EACH AND EVERY INS UTION , THE CASES GETTING EXPOSED ARE TIP OF THE ICEBERG.
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            Najeeb
            Jun 3, 2017 at 6:00 pm
            How can you take action against army? This will demoralised the army Jawans.
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              Mathura
              Jun 3, 2017 at 4:02 pm
              No wonder No 3 becomes No 1
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                Sankaran Krishnan
                Jun 3, 2017 at 3:46 pm
                Hope the entire network of middleman and all corrupt officials are captured and sentenced them to jail once prove their charges because if corrupt Officers are posted by paying bribe one can't expect honesty in their dea s and definitely they will indulge in corrupt practices to recover the bribe they had paid to the so called middlemen for the postings. It is good to expose the transfer of jobs racket and punish them severely apart from imposing heavy fines for their wrongful act !!!
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                  Ajay Tiwari
                  Jun 3, 2017 at 3:16 pm
                  Army has become really sick.wife swapping, corruption, siphoning funds if martyrs,canteen store items being stolen,corruption in even recruitment of officers at SSB and NDA level.Mera Bharat Mahan!
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