CBI arrests its coal allotments investigator on bribery charge

Chief investigator in coal blocks case was arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 7 lakh.

New Delhi | Published: May 18, 2013 4:01 am

The chief investigator in the coal blocks allotment case was Friday arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 7 lakh to “settle” a land dispute for a businessman. A second CBI officer and two others were arrested as well.

The CBI’s internal intelligence unit swooped on its own men — coal blocks allotments investigator,SP Vivek Dutt,and inspector Rajesh — outside the agency’s headquarters. The alleged bribe money was found on Dutt. The two officers will be produced before a special CBI judge on Saturday.

The alleged bribe is not connected with the coal case which is being monitored by the Supreme Court,sources said. However,the agency cannot change its investigating officer without the court’s permission. CBI chief Ranjit Sinha told PTI that the agency would inform the Supreme Court about Friday’s arrests.

“We had information about such a dealing and we continued to maintain surveillance. After monitoring them for long,today they were arrested for taking the bribe,” Sinha told PTI.

SP Vivek Dutt,who heads the CBI’s cyber cell,allegedly gave a report favourable to the alleged bribe giver on a case that was referred to the CBI by the Delhi Police.

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