CBI arrests SDM in Delhi government on bribery charges

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The CBI has arrested a Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of the Delhi government and three others for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 50,000.

Rahul Aggarwal, a 2012-batch Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS) officer, who was posted as SDM, Saraswati Vihar, was arrested along with three others late last night, CBI sources said today.

The three other private individuals are reported to be tout Sandeep and builders Vijendra and Ashwani Yadav.

According to a PTI report, the federal investigating agency had also launched a search operation at Aggarwal’s house in Pitampura during which they reportedly seized a large amount of cash.

“Searches were conducted at the residential premises of SDM which led to recovery of cash of Rs Five lakh (approx) and incriminating documents. Certain official files along with cash of Rs 1.5 lakh (approx.) were recovered from the residential premises of the tout (middleman),” the CBI spokesperson was quoted by the news agency.

Sandeep allegedly used to get Aggarwal information about illegal constructions, encroachments by shops in the area on the basis of which notices were issued to erring persons.

BJP leaders have alleged that the three individuals arrested were members of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party.

Delhi BJP president, Satish Upadhyay tweeted, “CBI has arrested Kejriwal Govt’s SDM Rahul Aggarwal red-handed wid 3AAP volunteers taking Rs 50,000 bribe. Have officers been given targets?”

 

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