The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested Lt Col Ranganathan Suvramani Moni and middlemen Gaurav Kohli in the Army transfer racket on Saturday morning, reported news agency PTI. According to the agency, the arrests were made from the Army headquarter. Earlier in the day, ANI had reported that a FIR was registered against Army officers involved in the racket of illegal transfer and postings. As per the agency, the FIR was filed against Lt. Col Ranganathan Suvramani Moni, Army Officer Purshottam, proprietor Gaurav Kohli along with other unknown persons.
The FIR, which was registered on Thursday, was filed 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). The officers were charged with criminal conspiracy, demand and acceptance of illegal gratification and using influence over the public servant. According to a report by PTI, the Fir also named a Brigadier but his name has not been included in the list of accused. The alleged racket was suspected to be going on in the Army headquarter with the involvement of senior officers there.
Information was received that Purshottam had contacted army officers who are either posted in different field formation or facing imminent transfer and desirous of posting at a different location. He later contacted Gaurav Kohli, who is having a close acquaintance with many officers posted in Personnel Division of Army Head Quarter, for pursuing the transfer of these officials in lieu of payment of huge illegal gratification to those senior officers posted in the Army HQ, the report added.