The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) busted a major Army transfer racket on Saturday morning involving illegal transfer and postings. After an FIR was registered on Thursday under the Sections 7, 8, 12, 13 (2) r/w 13 (1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act, 1988 and Section 120B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), two people were arrested on Saturday and sent to CBI remand till Monday. These officers were charged with criminal conspiracy, demand and acceptance of illegal gratification and using influence over public servant. Here are five things to know:
Here are five things to know about the Army transfer racket:
1. Two people who were arrested on Saturday were identified as Lt. Col. Ranganathan Suvramani Moni and proprietor Gaurav Kohli. As per PTI, officers allegedly paid lakhs of rupees to manipulate their postings.
2. CBI had received information that Ranganathan entered into criminal conspiracy with Gaurav Kohli, Purshottam and others for ensuring transfer/posting of different officers posted in different field formation to their place of choice in lieu of payment of huge illegal gratification.
3. The FIR also named Brigadier S K Grover, DDG Personnel, according to PTI but his name has not been included in the list of accused. The case was registered against Moni, Hyderabad-based army officer Purshottam, Bengaluru-based barracks and stores officer (BSO) S. Subhas and alleged middleman Gaurav Kohli.
4. As per the agency report, the bribe was paid through hawala channels. Apart from this, the agency is also probing how Army officers were ready to pay lakhs of rupees to get a posting of their choice.
5. “…Kohli visited residence of…Moni and conducted a meeting with some senior officers at the army headquarter in Delhi. Information also reveal that…Moni is in contact with Brigadier SK Grover DDG (Personnel) of Army Headquarter for the transfer matter of Subhas,” the CBI FIR stated.