The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Manager (Safety), NTPC, Barkagaon, Hazaribagh (Jharkhand) for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs. Three lakh from the complainant.

A case was registered on a complaint against Manager (Safety), NTPC, Barkagaon, Hazaribagh (Jharkhand) u/s 7 of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 (as amended in 2018). It was alleged that the accused demanded undue advantage of Rs. 7 lakh in lieu of payment of Rs. 69.61 lakh (approx.) made to the complainant by the NTPC, Barkagaon, Hazaribagh for the supply of mask, sanitizers, PPE kits, etc. by his firm. It was further alleged that the accused later agreed to accept the undue advantage of an amount of Rs. 3 lakh through cheque. CBI laid a trap and caught the accused while accepting a bribe of Rs. 3 lakh through cheque as a reward from the complainant. Searches were conducted at the residential & official premises of the accused at Hazaribagh (Jharkhand) which led to the recovery of some incriminating documents.

The accused was produced before the Court of Special Judge for CBI Cases, Ranchi, and was remanded to Judicial Custody.

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