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Scam unearthed in postal department, official held
Published on 23 May. 2010 11:01 PM IST
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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday unearthed a major scam in the postal department and arrested an executive engineer of the civil wing of the department.
CBI sources said that acting on a tip-off, officers of the anti-corruption wing of the CBI carried out a search operation in the Down Sampark Kranti Express at Platform Number 6 of the Guwahati Railway Station this morning and recovered an amount of Rs 6.31 lakh from one Sundarlal Kanojia, in-charge executive engineer of the Assam Circle of the postal department.
Kanojia was travelling from Guwahati to his hometown Allahabad. The search was conducted with the help of the officers of the NF Railway and Government Railway Police.
Sources said that Kanojia was first detained for questioning and was later arrested. He is likely to be produced before the Court of Special Judge on Sunday.
CBI sources revealed that the Bureau had been receiving complaints against the arrested officer for quite some time and it was alleged that he was demanding huge amounts as bribe for offering contracts for civil works of the postal department. Recently, he floated three tenders for construction of a training centre and administrative block, quarters for the staff and hostel for the trainees worth about Rs 6 crore and CBI suspects that the amount recovered today was part of the bribe that he received for awarding contracts to contractors who were not eligible for the jobs.
There were allegations that the quarters constructed in places like Dhubri and Dibrugarh under the supervision of Kanojia were of very inferior quality.
Sources said that the CBI also came across information of a number of bank accounts in the name of Kanojia and his family members. The official residence of Kanojia was raided on Saturday afternoon, which led to the recovery of Rs 47,000 in cash and gold ornaments.
The CBI is also planning to conduct raids in the residence of the arrested officer in Allahabad, sources added.

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