New Delhi: The former chief mechanical engineer of the railways found it difficult to collect the old bribe money. The CBI arrested a former Chief Mechanical Engineer posted in Parambudur, Tamil Nadu, while accepting an old bribe of Rs 50 lakh. In the raids after that, three and a half crore rupees in cash and 23 kg gold have been recovered from his brother’s house. The round of raids is going on in this case and some more arrests may happen soon.
According to CBI spokesperson RC Joshi, the name of the arrested former Chief Mechanical Engineer is AK Kathpal, a senior officer of the Indian Railway Engineering Service 1984 batch and retired on 31 March 2021. According to the CBI, Kathpal was posted at Integral Coach Factory Chennai from February 2019 to March 31, 2021. It is alleged that during this time he earned illegal money in many ways and got this money kept in a private company.
According to the CBI, unless the bribe money reaches the officer concerned, it cannot be treated as a bribe because in such a situation the officer can say that when he does not have the money then how is he an accused?
The CBI kept an eye on this whole matter. According to the allegation, after retiring on March 31, 2021, Kathpal started withdrawing his old bribe money through Hamsa Venugopal, the director of the said private company. Taking a similar bribe of ₹ 50 lakh, the CBI arrested him today.
It is alleged that when the officer was posted as the Chief Chief Engineer, he had earned huge bribes in many tenders of the Railways. It is also alleged that apart from the private company, many other people were also involved in this fraud.
According to the CBI, one of his brother Sanjay Kathpal was also involved in this officer’s racket. With whom the alleged bribe money was kept. Along with this, about 6 crore rupees were also kept with the private company.
In this case, the CBI raided 9 places in Delhi, Chennai today, during this raid, the CBI recovered Rs.3 crore in cash and 23 kg of gold. According to the CBI, this amount and gold have been recovered from his brother Sanjay.
Apart from AK Kathpal, the CBI has also detained four other people for questioning in this case. Those who are being interrogated. Chances are being expressed that these four can also be arrested after interrogation. All the arrested people will be produced before the special CBI court on Tuesday, the investigation of the case is going on.
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