CBI arrests son of Odisha industrialist Mahimananda Mishra in bribery case

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested Charchit Mishra, the youthful son of famous industrialist and Orissa Stevedores Ltd MD Mahimananda Mishra, in reference to the alleged cost of a Rs 25-lakh bribe to an official of the Paradip Port Belief, company officers stated on Saturday.

The company additionally took into custody a builder, Sisir Kumar Das, who was paid from the bribe cash an advance for a property bought by Chief Mechanical Engineer of the port belief Saroj Kumar Das, the principle accused within the case arrested by the CBI, they stated.

Saroj Kumar Das had allegedly demanded Rs 60 lakh as a bribe from Orissa Stevedores Ltd (OSL), one of many largest cargo dealing with corporations in India which can also be into transport, mining, logistics and exports, to let it off with out paying for the restore of a conveyor belt on the port that was broken throughout unloading of products by it, officers stated.

OSL, which operates at one of many largest ports in India in Paradip, is believed to have a monopoly of loading and unloading of cargo there, they stated.

The CBI additionally questioned Mahimananda Mishra and his different son, Chanchal Mishra, at its Bhubaneswar workplace on Friday in reference to the case earlier than taking Charchit Mishra into custody, officers stated.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) earlier arrested Saroj Kumar Das, his conduit Sumanta Rout, DGM of OSL Surya Narayan Sahu and one other individual named Sankha Subhra Mitra performing as a intermediary in reference to the case, they stated.

These 4 accused had been despatched to 4 days of CBI custody by a particular court docket, they stated.

It has additionally named Debapriya Mohanty of KCT Group, Charchit Mishra, Director of OSL, and OSL as accused within the FIR, they stated.

Throughout searches at 15 places, the central company seized Rs 84.5 lakh in money, the officers stated.

“It was alleged that the Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME), Paradip Port Belief (Odisha), was within the behavior of demanding and taking bribes by way of his shut conduit (Rout) for extending undue advantages to varied personal stakeholders engaged in port service and actions on the Paradip Port,” the CBI stated in an announcement.

Rout was in common contact with Mitra, who was Supervisor, Port Operations of KCT Group of Firms, and likewise allegedly acted as a intermediary with different cargo corporations, the officers stated.

The CBI has alleged that whereas unloading cargo, OSL had broken the conveyor belt operational on the Paradip Port.

“The price of repairing/alternative of the conveyor belt was very excessive. The stated CME [Das] in conspiracy with conduit [Rout], intermediary [Mitra] and Director [Sahu] of stated personal firm acquired it repaired at the price of the Port Belief, inflicting large financial benefit to stated personal firm,” the probe company stated.

“In flip, the conduit [Rout] allegedly demanded Rs 60 lakh as a bribe for the favour, on behalf of the CME,” the assertion stated. Rout collected a bribe of Rs 25 lakh, it stated.

It was additionally alleged that the conduit handed over Rs 10 lakh to an actual property developer, Sisir Das in Bhubaneshwar, with whom Saroj Kumar Das had allegedly booked a property, the CBI assertion stated.

The CBI intercepted Rout in Paradip and recovered Rs 5 lakh of the alleged bribe cash from him.

“Later, Rs 18.30 lakh, additionally a part of the alleged bribe, was recovered. Throughout additional searches, Rs 20.25 lakh [approx], jewelry, paperwork associated to funding and different incriminating paperwork had been recovered from the CME’s residence,” the assertion stated.

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