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Desh Raj bribery case: Former director’s statement recorded

On October 18 last year,Desh Raj was apprehended while demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: November 28, 2013 12:48:25 am

The special CBI court recorded the statement of former Director (Services),Ministry of Home Affairs,S K Jain in a corruption case against suspended Superintendent of Police (SP) Desh Raj on Wednesday. Deposing before the court,Jain said he identified his signature on the June 2013 order that sanctioned the prosecution of suspended SP Desh Raj Singh,accused of demanding and accepting illegal gratification from Inspector Anokh Singh.

The court had to record Anokh Singh’s statement as well. However,this could not be done as he took exemption citing health issues.

Jain added that the order for granting the sanction to prosecute Desh Raj was eight pages long and had his signature. He also said that the request for prosecuting Desh Raj was made to the Ministry of Home Affairs by the CBI. None of the witnesses were cross examined on Wednesday as the defense asked for more time. The case has now been adjourned to January 3.

On October 18 last year,Desh Raj was apprehended while demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh from complainant,Inspector Anokh Singh of Sector 26 police station. Singh had alleged that Desh Raj initially demanded a bribe of Rs 5 lakh while promising he would get him exonerated in the two inquiries pending before Desh Raj. After a bargain,the deal was struck at Rs 2 lakh. Aggrieved,Singh approached the CBI which laid a trap and caught Desh Raj red-handed.

The CBI,on October 12,filed a chargesheet against him and on October 14,charges were framed against him under the Prevention of Corruption Act,1988.

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