The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested Pawan Baid, director of a private company ABCI Infrastructure Ltd, for allegedly giving a bribe of Rs 1 crore to the Chief Administrative Officer of the Northeast Frontier Railway (Railway) for taking up the contract. According to officials, Pawan Baid was absconding from 17 January.
Officials said the bribe was allegedly given to a relative of Mahendra Singh Chauhan, CAO Construction-II of North Eastern Frontier Railway. Chauhan was arrested on 17 January. CBI spokesperson RC Joshi said, “The accused (Baid) was absconding since January 17 and was not involved in the investigation. After this, on January 23, a non-bailable warrant was issued by the Special CBI Judge against the accused.
“The accused’s hideout locations were searched and raided in Guwahati, Araria (Bihar) Siliguri and other places including New Delhi,” he said. He was eventually arrested from Delhi. Joshi said that the arrested accused were presented in the relevant court in Delhi on Friday.
The spokesman said that Chauhan, a 1985 batch officer of the Indian Railway Service of Engineering, was arrested from Maligaon in Guwahati, while two other ABCI Infrastructure employees Bhupendra Rawat and another Indra Singh were arrested from Dehradun in Uttarakhand.
The names of these people were also included in the case
Apart from the arrested accused and the company, the Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a case against two other railway officials. These include Deputy Chief Engineer Hem Chand Bora and Assistant Executive Engineer Laxmi Kant Verma. The official said that it is alleged that 58-year-old Chauhan had demanded a bribe to take the side of the accused company in awarding various projects of North East Frontier Railway. The CBI alleged that the director of the private company was in touch with the above CAO in connection with various railway projects going on in the Northeast Frontier region.