The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Deputy Chief Labour Commissioner; Labour Enforcement Officer, both posted at Chandigarh; two partners of a Bathinda based private HR Solutions firm and an employee of a private construction company in a bribery case. The accused are identified as Mahesh Chand Sharma, deputy deputy chief labour commissioner, Chandigarh,Vivek Naik, labour enforcement officer, Chandigarh, Gurmeet Sidhu & Munish Garg, partners of M/s Advantage HR Solutions, Bathinda, and Akhandraj Singh, an employee of M/s Nagarjuna Construction Company, Rama Mandi, Bathinda.

CBI had registered a case under section 120-B and section 7 & 12 of PC(Amendment) Act, 2018 against the accused persons on the allegations of the transaction of bribe money between the accused persons, i.e. Labour Enforcement Officer, Chandigarh and both partners of the Bathinda based private firm. Accordingly, CBI reached the location and caught both partners of the said Bathinda based private firm, for giving a bribe of Rs.1,30,000/- to the said Enforcement Officer, who accepted the alleged bribe on behalf of the Dy. Chief Labour Commissioner, Chandigarh. It was further alleged that the bribe was offered and demanded in lieu of issuance of a favourable report a to private Construction Company and for issuance of NOC in favour of a few other private firms located at Bathinda. It was also alleged that the private persons were acting as middlemen between various private industrialists/ businessmen/private contractors and the said public servants, by negotiating and collecting illegal gratification in lieu of extending favours to them by facilitating relief in the matters of inspections carried out in their business /industrial establishments.

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