CBI Arrests Four of its Own Officers in "Bribe-for-Relief" Scandal
By: Sashwata Saha
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials raided its own headquarters in New Delhi on Wednesday to conduct searches at premises linked to some of its own officials, who allegedly accepted bribes from accused in bank fraud cases.
The agency has arrested its Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) RK Rishi, Inspector Kapil Dhankad and advocate Manohar Malik in connection with its probe into “bribe-for-relief” scandal in the agency, people associated with the media told the media. The anti-corruption unit has also filed cases against DSP RK Sangwan, two officials from the Banking Security & Fraud Cell (BSFC) and stenographer Sameer Kumar Singh.
“Searches were conducted at 14 locations including Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, Gurgaon, Meerut and Kanpur at the premises of the accused,” CBI spokesperson RC Joshi said to India Today, adding that some officials might have accepted bribes at the CBI premises itself.
The agency detectives also conducted searches at the CBI Academy in Ghaziabad, where candidates are trained before the beginning of their official CBI career. DSP Rishi was posted at the academy. It has been learnt that the accused officials took bribes to show leniency to companies booked in the fraud cases involving Mumbai and UP-based entities.
These companies: Shree Shyam Pulp & Board Mills Pvt Ltd (SSPBML) and Frost International are being investigated by the premier investigating agency for defrauding banks. The case against Frost International was registered in August 2020 for cheating 14 banks of over ₹3,500 crores.
The CBI FIR states, “In the case of SSPNML, RK Sangwan, who was the previous investigating officer in the case, offered and paid a bribe of ₹10 lakh in cash on behalf of Mandeep Kaur to Inspector Kapil Dhankad. On his part, Dhankad conveyed confidential information relating to the investigation of this case to RK Sangwan, with an intention to favour the accused.”
It is further alleged that Rishi paid ₹10 lakh bribe to Dhankad on behalf of Desais of Frost International. For facilitating the bribe, Rishi received ₹15 lakh twice through advocates Malik and Gupta to extend favours to a Chandigarh-based company against which a corruption case was being investigated by the CBI.
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