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ACB trap: RSRDC project director arrested for taking Rs 3.65 lakh bribe, CPM-1 detained

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June 11, 2020, 8:59 pm

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Laxman Singh (left) and Rajesh Wadhwa.

Jaipur: The Rajasthan anti-corruption bureau arrested project director of Rajasthan State Road Development and Construction Corporation Limited Laxaman Singh Tanwar after he was allegedly caught taking a bribe of Rs 3.65 lakh. The agency team also arrested one Rajesh Wadhwa – the brother of a private firm owner Rajan Wadhwa on charges of offering bribe to the project director. The ACB has also detained chief project manager Narendra Mohan Sharma and contractor Ram Singh Saharan for interrogation. Senior officials said that CPM – 1 Narendra Mohan was also involved in the corruption.

ADG ACB Saurabh Srivastava said that some officials of the corporation had been put under surveillance after complaints of corruptions were received.

DG ACB Alok Tripathi said that RSRDC project director Laxman Singh was supervising the quality control and other such work for road construction and development in Bikaner and Churu units. The work was being undertaken by private firm – Renu Enterprises Private Limited – in Bikaner unit. To obtain undue benefits, Rajesh Wadhwa was offering bribe to Laxman Singh, DG Tripathi said.

“After receiving specific information regarding this, a trap was organized under the supervision of Add SP of ACB special branch Prithavi Raj Meena. When the information was found genuine, a trap was organized on Thursday. Laxman Singh was arrested while accepting the bribe amount of Rs 3.65 lakh. Both – offering and accepting bribes are an offence, so we arrested Laxman Singh as well as Rajesh Wadhwa. Both were booked under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act,” the officer said.

Searches were being carried out at the residences, offices and other places belonging to the two arrested men. Narendra Mohan has been detained along with a contractor. Interrogation with them is going on. Searches were also being conducted at Narendra Mohan’s house and office, Tripathi said.

First published: June 11, 2020