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Coal probe head, 3 others in CBI custody

New Delhi, May 18
Senior CBI officer Vivek Dutt, who headed the coal scam probe team, and three others were today sent to three days in the agency’s custody by a Delhi court for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 7 lakh from a businessman to favour him in a land dispute case.

Superintendent of Police, Dutt, Inspector Rajesh Chandra Karnatak, alleged middleman Rajesh Pachisia and businessman Dinesh Chand Gupta were produced before the court where the CBI sought a seven-day remand of the four accused. "All accused are remanded in CBI custody till May 21," Special CBI judge VK Gupta said. Dutt, however, claimed innocence and alleged a conspiracy has been hatched to keep him out of the Supreme Court-monitored probe team.

During the hearing, the CBI prosecutor told the court that Dutt and Karnatak were in the same branch in the agency and Pachisia was in regular contact with them. The CBI said Dinesh Gupta had a land dispute and a cheating case was registered against him at Amar Colony police station here and Dutt used to pressurise Delhi Police officials, who were investigating the cheating case, to quash the FIR and for this he had demanded Rs 15 lakh from Gupta

The prosecutor said the SHO of Amar Colony police station was initially reluctant but later he succumbed to the pressure and the FIR was quashed. The CBI said Pachisia was apprehended yesterday when was handing over Rs seven lakh to Karnatak. The prosecutor told the court that Rs 15 lakh cash was recovered from Pachisia, Karnatak and Gupta. Seeking seven days custody of the four accused, the prosecutor also said that during the searches conducted by the agency, Rs 24 lakh cash was recovered from the residence of Karnatak yesterday. The defence counsel said Dutt was investigating a very important case and if such an allegation is levelled against such a senior official, then the court should look into it very cautiously.

CBI: Senior cop indulged in ‘undesirable activities’

Arrested CBI officer Vivek Dutt, a key member of the Coalgate scam probe team, had indulged in "undesirable activities" in connivance with other accused to settle a cheating case in lieu of "illegal gratification", the probe agency has said in its FIR.

Dutt, CBI inspector Rajesh Chander Karnatak, alleged middleman Rajesh Pachisia and businessman Dinesh Chand Gupta, arrested by the probe agency yesterday, were remanded in CBI custody.

In its FIR lodged under the Prevention of Corruption Act and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC, CBI said it had got information that Dutt was indulging in "undesirable activities" in connivance with Pachisia, who is having a business of computer software, and others. — PTI





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