MHA official sent to 14-day JC in bullet-proof jacket scam

A Delhi court on Saturday sent a senior Home Ministry official and two others to 14 days of judicial custody in connection with the bullet-proof jackets scam.

Last Updated: May 01, 2010, 16:06 PM IST

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday sent a senior
Home Ministry official and two others to 14 days of judicial
custody in connection with the bullet-proof jackets scam.

Additional Sessions Judge OP Saini sent them to Tihar
jail till May 14 when they were produced before the court
after their CBI custody ended. The probe agency did not press
for their further custodial interrogation in the case.

Radhey Shyam Sharma, an Indian Railway and Engineering
Officer of 1984 batch, is accused of accepting Rs 10 lakh as
bribe in the purchase of bullet-proof jackets for Central
paramilitary forces.

Sharma, along with R K Gupta and his wife Laveena Gupta,
both directors of a Delhi-based company involved in production
of defence equipment, are booked under various penal
provisions dealing with giving and accepting bribe and
conspiracy. Sharma has also been charged with misconduct on
the part of a public servant.

"The bribe of Rs 10 lakh, given by Guptas to the MHA
official, is still to be recovered and the accused are
required to be taken outside Delhi for recovering crucial
evidence and unearthing the entire case," the CBI counsel had
contended while seeking their custody on April 29.

"We also want to ascertain as to whether some other
officials of the ministry are involved in the scam or not. For
this purpose, the custody of the accused is required," the
prosecutor had said.

Earlier, RK Gupta had alleged before the court that he
has been framed at the instance of the Home Minister as he had
tried to expose the alleged "cartel" inside the ministry which
award such contracts.

"This is a revenge being taken by the Home Minister. I
and my wife are the technocrats and were students of IITs. We
are, in fact, the whistle blowers and forced to pay the price
for it," R K Gupta had said.

The CBI prosecutor, however, had opposed the contention
saying, "We are not a puppet investigative agency. CBI does not
work under the MHA and it carries the probe independently."

"We have got the CD of their taped conversation and this
court can hear the same inside the chamber," the prosecutor
had said.

"At one point of time, the accused is saying that he is a
whistle blower and subsequently, he is paying bribe to the
accused official," he said.

The court had termed the offence as serious while sending
the accused to CBI custody for two days on April 29.

PTI