Monday, December 5, 2011

Colonel demands Commission: Malice gravitating to a Military disease

Colonel demands Rs23,000 as bribe, held
A colonel posted as commander at the Border Roads Task Force (BRTF) was arrested along with his deputy by the Central Bureau of Investigation after they were allegedly caught red handed accepting bribe from a contractor in Udhampur district.
Col Kunwar Vijay Partap, Commander 35 BRTF and JK Singh, engineer and second-in-command were arrested after CBI laid a trap on Tuesday over a complaint that they were demanding bribe from a contractor to release the payment for supplying batteries for vehicles.
Both the accused were produced before the court on Wednesday which later sent them on the police remand till Saturday. CBI sources said both were caught red handed while accepting the bribe of Rs23,000 for releasing the payment of Rs14.58 lakh. The duo had demanded money as “commission” for releasing the payment to the supplier. The officials also recovered the money charged as “commission” from them.
“It was decided that contractor’s payment would be released only when he pays 1.5% commission. Accordingly they had reached an agreement that the contractor will pay Rs23,000 before his payment is formally released”, said one of the CBI officials.
Soon after their arrest, the CBI team went into an overdrive and raided their residences in Udhampur where they allegedly recovered huge cash, investment details and some documents. -via DNA.
Colonel demands Rs23,000 as bribe, held

Comment by Sumit Ganguly
These episodes underscore a tragic reality- the once impregnable bastion of the armed forces has now also fallen prey to the temptations of making a quick buck, in flagrant violation of professional norms, moral rectitude and legal strictures. Taken together they constitute a disturbing postscript to a number of other, larger and wider scandals that have wracked India in the recent past. They underscore that no institution in the country is now without some taint and that the quality of India’s democracy is now at risk.

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