Chandigarh: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested on Tuesday Birender Choudhary, an An Indian Forest Service Officer holding the post of Member Secretary, Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee, in a bribery case.
A case was registered on 17 July 2017 under section 7 of Preention of Corruption Act, 1988 against the Member Secretary, Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee on a complaint from Proprietor of a private firm.
The complainant had alleged that a show cause notice was served to him by the accused public servant for revoking of consent issued to the complainant earlier on 6 December 2016. After receiving the show cause notice, the complainant met the Member Secretary several times to explain his version but the public servant did not hear him properly.
It was also alleged that the complainant along with three other persons, facing a similar issue, met the Member Secretary and during the meeting, the public servant demanded bribe of Rs. 50,000 each for not taking any adverse action. Later, the alleged bribe amount was reduced to Rs. 25,000 each (totaling Rs. 100,000 from four businessmen including the complainant). They were asked by the Member Secretary to deliver the bribe amount.
On receiving complaint, CBI laid a trap and caught the accused red-handed while demanding and accepting the bribe of Rs. one lakh. Search was conducted at the residence of the accused in Chandigarh which led to the recovery of Rs. two lakh in cash and certain property and bank account related documents.