Widening its probe on its tainted officers,the CBI has alleged that SP Vivek Dutt and Inspector Rajesh Chandra Karnatak had tried to influence the coal block probe and allegedly favoured a private company that was allocated coal blocks. The CBI has filed a fresh preliminary enquiry (PE) against the two. Dutt was given bail by special CBI judge V K Gupta on Thursday.
The CBI move may draw flak from the Supreme Court that has been monitoring the probe. In May,the CBI had arrested Dutt and Karnatak for taking Rs 7 lakh bribe from businessman Dinesh Chand Gupta to favour him in a land dispute case that was being probed by the Delhi Police. The CBI had then moved the SC asking the court to remove Dutt from the 33-member coal block probe team.
The latest PE was filed after the CBI found evidence that Dutt along with middlemen approached some private firms under scanner in coal block probe and tried to strike a deal. Refusing to name the firms,a senior CBI official said,We are in the process of verifying what kind of favours were given to these companies by the two.
The CBI claimed that Dutt with the help of Karnatak had tried to extort money in several corruption and bank fraud cases which were being handled by Economic Offences Wing (EOW). He was also in-charge of cyber crime cell of CBI where various agencies like Delhi Police,Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and State police used to seek help. The CBI said that it will call Dutt for further questioning.