The CBI on Friday arrested the vice-president of Soma Enterprises, P R Rao, in New Delhi, for allegedly trying to offer a Rs 2 crore bribe to its DIG-ranked officer from Tamil Nadu cadre to clear a pending probe against the company, officials said.
The suspects had offered a bribe of Rs 2 crore to DIG Asra Garg Head of Branch, CBI, ACB, New Delhi.
It is alleged that Singh, posted in the Police-I Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs, had called Asra Garg for a meeting where he offered Rs 2 crore as bribe to settle the matter against Soma Enterprises. The offer was made on behalf of Rao, officials said.
Garg, a Tamil Nadu-cadre IPS officer, apprised his seniors and filed a complaint regarding the offer, they said. Garg said that Singh met him a few days ago and introduced Gupta, a representative of Soma Enterprises, to him.
Singh and Gupta told Garg that a CBI inquiry was under way against the company and they wanted to settle it in company’s favour for which they expressed readiness to pay Rs 2 crore as illegal gratification.
The case was handed over to another unit and Garg was asked to call the duo for a meeting during which an independent witness armed with tapping devices accompanied him, posing as his driver.
As per plan Singh and Gupta met near agency headquarters at 11 pm on Wednesday night.
Garg reached the spot at 11.15 pm in his official vehicle along with the witness as his driver and the verification officer were sitting in the rear of the vehicle.
Seeing Garg, the duo sat inside the vehicle where Gupta offered Rs 2 crore to settle the matter against Soma Enterprises. Later Rs 10 lakh was offered to Garg as upfront payment.
Gupta also made a phone call to vice-president Rao and made him speak to the officer during which he confirmed Gupta was speaking on his behalf and he agreed with the offer which later led to the arrest of the three.