Mon, 25 Jul 2022 08:00 PM IST
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday arrested four persons who allegedly duped several people on the pretext of assuring them of arrangement of seats in the Rajya Sabha, and appointment as Governors against huge consideration to the tune of Rs 100 crore.
The agency had conducted searches at seven locations in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka recently in connection with the case, officials said, adding that four members -- Kamalakar Premkumar Bandgar of Maharashtra's Latur, Ravindra Vithal Naik of Karnataka's Belgaum and Delhi-NCR based Mahendra Pal Arora and Abhishek Boora -- were arrested.
Another accused, Mohammed Aijaz Khan, escaped during the search operation after allegedly assaulting CBI officers, they said, adding that a separate FIR was filed against him at the local police station in connection with this. A special CBI court, however, has granted bail to all the four people arrested by the agency.
It is alleged that Bandgar had asked Boora, Arora, Khan and Naik to bring any sort of work that he could fix in lieu of payment of huge illegal gratification. They conspired with "the sole ulterior motive of cheating private persons by falsely assuring them of arrangement of seats in Rajya Sabha, appointment as governor, appointment as chairman in different government-run organisations under central government ministries and departments against huge pecuniary consideration," the FIR alleged.
The agency came to know through its sources that Boora discussed with Bandgar how the latter's purported connections with high-ranking officials playing "pivotal roles" in appointments could be exploited to get the work done. It surfaced that the accused were attempting to cheat people by falsely assuring them of candidature for Rajya Sabha against a huge consideration to the tune of Rs 100 crore, the FIR stated.
The CBI received information that they would drop names of senior bureaucrats and political functionaries to impress clients approaching them for some work either directly or through middlemen like Abhishek Boora, it stated.
It also emerged that Bandgar posed as a senior CBI officer and threatened police officials of various police stations to grant favours to people known to him or to influence investigations of ongoing cases, the FIR alleged.
(With Agency Inputs)