Two years after the CBI registered a corruption case against two senior officers of Defence Estate (Western Command) and a private person,a special CBI Court on Tuesday closed the case.
Claiming that it had failed to find sufficient evidence to establish charges against the accused in the graft case,the premier investigating agency requested the special CBI court to accept the closure report in the case.
The Court had earlier refused to accept the closure report,since the final report confirming the authenticity of an audio conversation allegedly between the two officers,which formed crucial evidence,was awaited from Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL),Delhi. Rather than waiting for the report,the CBI had decided to close the case. This was questioned by the court of special CBI Judge Vimal Kumar.
On Tuesday,the closure report was accepted as the CFSL report was received. Significantly,the CFSL report testified the voice samples of the two officers in question. However,since the CBI did not have sufficient evidence and witness to corroborate its case,the closure report was filed.
On May 28,2011,the CBI had registered a criminal case against former principal director V K Srivastava and chief executive officer Ramandeep Singh of Directorate of Defence Estate and Jaswinder Kaur,who hails from Punjab,on charges of cheating and under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Srivastava and Singh had allegedly demanded and accepted a bribe of Rs 3 lakh for appointing Kaur to the post of sub-divisional officer (SDO-III). According to the CBI,Kaur,through Singh,had paid a bribe of Rs 3 lakh to Srivastava. The bribe was demanded and accepted in 2009 and the case was registered after an inquiry into the case. The role of other senior officials of the Defence Estate and Western Command had also come under the scanner during the investigation. However,it was only Srivastava,Singh and Kaur who were impleaded as accused.