CMD of SECL, 4 others arrested by CBI on graft charges

Chairman-cum-Managing Director of SECL in Bilaspur, M P Dikshit was today arrested by the CBI for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs.1.30 crore from two private firms whose directors were also apprehended.

Updated: May 27, 2010, 00:34 AM IST

New Delhi: Chairman-cum-Managing Director
of South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL) in Bilaspur, M P
Dikshit was today arrested by the CBI for allegedly taking a
bribe of Rs.1.30 crore from two private firms whose directors
were also apprehended.

CBI has also seized Rs.1.55 crore in cash from four
lockers in connection with Dikshit`s arrest.

CBI said it has also arrested Vijender Singh, Director
of Bedford group of companies Bilaspur, his employee Sanjay
Singh, Surojit Samanta, Director of S K Samanta and company,
Kolkata and his employee V N Singh under various sections of
the Prevention of Corruption Act.

CBI spokesman Harsh Bhal said Dikshit had allegedly
demanded Rs.one crore from the Bilaspur-based company which
was paid to him for showing favour to it in matter pending in
SECL

He said for the purpose of receiving illegal
gratification, Dikshit had asked Managing Director of
another private company having official dealings with SECL, to
detail one of his employee based in Delhi, to collect the
money on his behalf. CMD also gave a pseudo name to the
employee.

"In the follow-up of this conspiracy, an amount of Rs
80 lakh exchanged hands near a school in Saket in the evening
of May 25," Bhal said.

He said the CBI conducted searches at five places in
Delhi, Bilaspur and Raipur.

"During investigation, it also came to light that
earlier this month, CMD had also taken another amount of about
Rs 50 lakh through the same Delhi-based employee of the
company, who was used as courier, this time also.

"For recovering this amount, four lockers were
searched in Delhi and an amount of Rs 1.55 crore has been
seized. This is in addition to the amount of Rs 80 lakh which
were transacted on May 25," Bhal said.

PTI