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Micromax owners arrested for bribing MCD engineer, more arrests likely


Arunoday Mukharji, CNN-IBN
Aug 08, 2013 at 10:16am IST

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New Delhi: More arrests are expected in the fallout of the Micromax bribery scandal after the Central bureau of Investigation on Wednesday arrested the owners of mobile manufacturing company. Micromax owners Rajesh Aggarwal and Manish Tuli were arrested on charges of bribing a junior engineer in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.

Rs 40 lakh in cash was recovered from the premises of the engineer. A senior official of the MCD has also been arrested.

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CBI sources said they got a tip-off that Agrawal and Tuli had entered a deal with the engineers of the civic body to get clearance for construction of their banquet hall in the Wazirpur area in exchange of bribe of Rs 50 lakh.

It was also agreed that the illegal gratification will be allegedly paid to the two junior officials of civic body. Soon after getting information that the alleged bribe is to be paid at the Timarpur office of Agrawal and Tuli, a team of CBI rushed to the site.

During the trap operation, the agency allegedly caught Tuli and Agrawal handing over Rs 30 lakh to the junior officials of the MCD who were there to collect the amount on behalf of a Superintendent Engineer, an Executive Engineer and two Junior Engineers, all allegedly part of the conspiracy, they said.

After catching Agrawal, Tuli and two MCD officials "red-handed", CBI teams carried out searches at 15 locations including the residential and official premises of the MCD officers, they said. Officials of Micromax mobiles were not immediately available for comment.

(With additional information from PTI)

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