The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Chief Engineer (Naval Works), Military Engineer Services (MES), Naval Base, Kochi and five other accused persons in an alleged bribery case.

A case was registered against Chief Engineer (Naval Works) , Military Engineer Services (MES), Naval Base, Kochi and others U/s 120 B of IPC and sections 7, 8, 10 & 12 of PC Act on the allegations of demanding and collecting illegal gratification etc. from the contractors. It was alleged that the Chief Engineer, MES was demanding and collecting illegal gratification from the contractors for issuing various civil contracts in Naval Base Kochi. It was also alleged that the accused was receiving bribe amount through his conduit and others through hawala route/direct payment by private contractors and their associates. An alleged bribe of Rs. 1.21 crore (approx.) was recovered during trap.

Searches were conducted at 20 places including Delhi, Kochi (Kerala), Ajmer (Rajasthan), Kolkata, Hisar & Rohtak (Haryana) at the premises of accused and others which led to a further recovery of Rs. 3.97 crore (approx.) and 6 kg gold biscuits. Incriminating documents recovered during searches are being scrutinised for further investigation

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