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MNC’s Korean boss held on bribe charge

MD of Gurgaon firm accused of bribing J&K officials

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Published: June 14, 2012 1:09:39 am

A South Korean national,who is the managing director of a Gurgaon-based MNC,has been arrested along with a colleague and two J&K government employees on charges of graft.

Calvin Yoon,the MD of Gurgaon-based M/s CAS India Pvt Ltd and his deputy general manager Anil Dhar,a resident of Delhi,were arrested on Tuesday evening. Others arrested were identified as Zahoor Ahmed,Chief Engineer in the mechanical engineering department,and Ranjan Kumar Langer,technical officer in the department.

SSP,Vigilance,Shakti Pathak said they have informed the South Korean embassy in Delhi about Yoon’s arrest,adding that the accused MD paid Rs 1.8 lakh as bribe to the two government officials for securing a Rs 33-lakh contract for supplying weighing pads. The cash has been seized.

Vigilance officials said they were tipped off about the negotiations between the government officials and the MNC officials and were maintaining surveillance.

Though Pathak refused to divulge how they came to know about the payment of bribe,sources said they were tipped off by an insider after the department started negotiating allotment of contract with the second lowest bidder,rejecting the lowest bid.

Sources said portable weighing pads (used for overload control or loading activities of vehicles) were required for the transport department and bids for it had been called by the mechanical engineering department last year. After the tenders were opened,CAS India Pvt Ltd figured at number two in the list of bidders. However,the sources said,the lowest bid was cancelled on the ground that its weighing pads did not fulfil the requisite specifications.

Technical officer Langer then offered allotment of contract to the second lowest bidder,allegedly in lieu of money. As the latter agreed,he called them to the chief engineer’s office. Yoon and Dhar met the chief engineer here on Tuesday and paid Rs 1.8 lakh to them as advance for allotment of the contract.

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