Senior cop indulged in `undesirable activities`: CBI

Arrested CBI officer Vivek Dutt, a key member of the Coalgate scam probe team, had indulged in "undesirable activities" in connivance with other accused to settle a cheating case in lieu of "illegal gratification".

New Delhi: Arrested CBI officer Vivek Dutt, a key member of the Coalgate scam probe team, had indulged in "undesirable activities" in connivance with other accused to settle a cheating case in lieu of "illegal gratification", the probe agency has said in its FIR.

Dutt, CBI inspector Rajesh Chander Karnatak, alleged middleman Rajesh Pachisia and businessman Dinesh Chand Gupta -- arrested by the probe agency yesterday -- were remanded in CBI custody till May 21 by a court on Saturday.

In its FIR lodged under the Prevention of Corruption Act and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC, CBI said it had got an information that Dutt, a Superintendent of Police, was indulging in "undesirable activities" in connivance with Pachisia, who is having a business of computer software, and others.

"Reliable information has been received that Dutt and Karnatak are indulging in undesirable activities in connivance with middleman Pachisia and others," the FIR said.

It also said Pachisia had visited Dutt`s office several times in past without making any entry in visitors` register as the visits were facilitated by the senior CBI officer.

Pachisia had impersonated himself as one Vijay from Malviya Nagar for gaining entry in the CBI`s office, the FIR said, adding that Dutt had asked Pachisia to be careful while talking to him on phone and to introduce himself as Vijay as his phone might be on surveillance.

The FIR said that Pachisia`s activities were "very much suspicious" and he was also in touch with Rajasthan-based businessman Dinesh Chand Gupta against whom a cheating case was registered on April 5 on the complaint of Vikas Goyal at Amar Colony Police Station.

"It has been alleged in the said FIR (cheating case) that Gupta cheated Goyal to the tune of Rs 1.94 crore. It is further learnt that Gupta was arrested in connection with the said case and was released on bail subsequently. Gupta approached Pachisia to help him to settle the matter," CBI said in its FIR.

"Pachisia approached Dutt and Karnatak for this purpose. Dutt and Karnatak are learnt to have exercised undue influence over Vijender Jain, Station House Officer (SHO) of Amar Colony Police Station, by asking him to settle the matter between the two parties failing which CBI may have to intervene," the probe agency said.

It said Dutt had told the SHO that if the matter was not resolved, the CBI could call for the records of the case and it might create "unnecessary difficulties" to the police.

"Dutt also falsely claimed that CBI was apprised of the matter and if the matter is not resolved after hearing Gupta, CBI could be compelled to call the records of the case which may cause unnecessary difficulties to the SHO. Accordingly, Gupta met with the Amar Colony Police Station officials and the matter was compromised between the two parties with the intervention of the police station.

"As part of the compromise, Gupta had to pay Rs 1.10 crore to Goyal. Subsequently, on May 10, on the petition of Gupta, the Delhi High Court quashed the FIR as both the parties had reached at a compromise in the cheating case," the FIR said.

CBI said it has come to know that a huge amount of "pecuniary gratification" was demanded from Gupta by Pachisia on behalf of Dutt and Karnatak for settling the matter.
"It is learnt that Pachisia has demanded a huge amount of pecuniary gratification from Gupta on behalf of Dutt and Karnatak for setting the matter. Gupta has agreed to pay the illegal gratification as demanded in lieu of the favour extended by Dutt and Karnatak in the aforementioned case.
"Dutt and Karnatak have been pressing hard for early payment of the illegal gratification. Gupta has arranged the amount of illegal gratification and he is coming to Delhi from Alwar on May 17 to deliver the same to Dutt and Karnatak through Pachisia," the FIR said.