Charges filed against patwari,had claimed to share bribe amount with MC officer

A patwari of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation,against whom a chargesheet was filed by the CBI in a graft case on Friday,had named a joint commissioner of MC in order to strike a deal for the desired amount with the complainant.

Written by JAPJEET DUGGAL | Chandigarh | Published: April 27, 2013 2:19:12 am

A patwari of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation,against whom a chargesheet was filed by the CBI in a graft case on Friday,had named a joint commissioner of MC in order to strike a deal for the desired amount with the complainant.

Balraj Singh,the patwari,was arrested from the parking area of the Chandigarh District Court Complex,Sector 43,on February 13 this year while allegedly accepting illegal gratification.

“The accused has said that the bribe money was to be shared between him and Rajeev Kumar Gupta,Joint Commissioner,Municipal Corporation,” read the chargesheet.

When contacted,Gupta denied the allegation. He said,“My name had surfaced when Balraj was arrested by CBI. He had named me when he was trying to strike a deal with the complainant. But during the investigation,CBI officials did not find anything against me in the case. Allegations against me are unfounded.”

Gupta added,“The case file of the complainant for which illegal gratification was demanded,had never reached me. That file was with Balraj from December 26 till the day he was arrested. CBI officials had confirmed to me that nothing was on record and my name had surfaced when CBI had scrutinised the recordings of Balraj’s phone. He had named me just because he wanted to increase the amount of bribe.”

But Balraj claimed during the investigation that the complainant’s file was sent to the senior officials after it was cleared by the accused on February 12,one day before the trap was laid.

Balraj demanded a bribe from Jasminder Singh,a city resident,for issuing him a site verification certificate for his ancestral property. The deal was fixed at Rs 1 lakh and the patwari was arrested while accepting the first instalment of Rs 50,000.

The chargesheet read that the accused had demanded a bribe “to get his (Jasminder’s) work done through senior officers with whom he had close association with”.

“When the trap was laid,Balraj was made to call Gupta in presence of independent witnesses. First call was made at 1.40 pm which was unanswered. Then a call was made to the office landline and clerks said that Gupta was not in his office. At 2.10 pm,Gupta was again called on his mobile which was then switched off,” read the chargesheet.

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