CBI probes 5 of its own in a year
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In the course of a year since June 2011, the CBI registered cases under the Prevention of Corruption Act against five of its own personnel and chargesheeted two of them. Three of the five were suspended but one of them, a deputy SP, had his suspension revoked this month. The other two of these three have been chargesheeted. A fourth has been repatriated to his parent organisation while the fifth has retired, according to information provided by the CBI under the RTI Act.
The most senior of the five is S V Raman, since retired as SP. He was posted at the CBI's Banking Securities & Fraud Cell (BS&FC) in Delhi. Raman, according to the CBI, "did not file chargesheets [and] relied upon documents and statements of witnesses in trial courts in six cases in order to save the accused from legal punishment". These cases pertained to events in Kolkata. The case against Raman was registered on February 8 this year.
Deputy SP S S Ali, now posted at CBI Academy, Ghaziabad, has been accused of preparing incorrect records to save a person accused in a CBI case. Ali, against whom a case was filed on September 13, 2011, had his suspension revoked on August 14. The case remains under investigation.
Ashok Raj Arora, a senior scientific officer, ballistics, posted at the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory, was arrested on May 6 this year. According to the CBI, Arora "obtained/attempted to obtain illegal gratification" from a property dealer in Ghaziabad by giving the false impression that he was a senior official posted with the CBI rather than with its wing CFSL. The agency found Rs 3 lakh in cash at his home. Arora remains suspended; a chargesheet was filed against him on June 30.
The other chargesheeted and suspended CBI employee, Subinoy Dutta, was posted as a clerk in the CBI's special crime branch (SCB) in Kolkata. Booked on January 2, Dutta allegedly cheated the SBI's Junlighat Branch, Port Blair, by forging the signature of the SP in a letter dated December 15, 2011, and obtaining a personal loan of Rs. 2.65 lakh. Dutta was chargesheeted on June 26, 2012.
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