Anti-corruption bureau arrests IAS officer, RAS officer in relation to bribery case

Jaipur: IAS officer Neeraj K Pawan and RAS officer Anil Kumar Agrawal were arrested by Anti-
Corruption Bureau of Rajasthan on Monday in connection with a bribery case worth Rs 1.5 crore. "Pawan and Agrawal were summoned at the Bureau headquarters and arrested today after initial interrogation in a case of graft registered against them," IG ACB V K Singh told PTI. The accused were arrested under Prevention of Corruption Act.

Black money- representational image. Reuters

Black money- representational image. Reuters

On 18 May, the ACB had busted a nexus between senior officers, including Pawan, and a middleman in the office of
National Health Mission of Medical and Health Department. A FIR was registered on 17 May by the complainant and raids were conducted at 18 premises on 18 May. The complainant, whose identity has not been disclosed, had given over Rs 1.5 crore as bribe to the main accused, Ajeet Soni, in the last few months to get work orders worth Rs 7 crore. Soni used to collect bribes in the form of consultancy fees from firms after getting them tenders from the department in collaboration with the officers.

Soni would distribute the bribe among the officers, including former Additional Mission Director of the National Health Mission Neeraj K Pawan, Additional Director IEC Anil Kumar Agrawal, Chief Accounts Officer Deepa Gupta and store keeper Joji Varghese. Soni, Gupta and Varghese were arrested on May 18 whereas Pawan was questioned for few days before the arrest.

"Soni used to influence the tender process in connivance with the officers. He became consultant to firms which work for the NRHM and helped in getting tenders allotted to them in lieu of hefty amount. Since the tenders were awarded by him, Pawan was a strong suspect," the officer said. Singh said the ACB sleuths have recovered several important documents, files, electronic devices which have crucial details about the bribes. Pawan, a 2003 batch IAS officer, was last posted as Commissioner in the Agriculture Department and he along with Agrawal were placed under Awaiting Posting Orders (APO) status on 19 May after the ACB's action.

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Updated Date: May 30, 2016 19:55:01 IST

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