New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday arrested a senior official of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for allegedly receiving a bribe of Rs5 lakh and filed a case of alleged corruption against its chairman.
CBI said the case was registered against AICTE chairman, R.A. Yadav its adviser H.C. Rai, deputy director Robinder Randhawa and regional officer Sriom Dalal on alleged bribery charges.
A CBI spokesperson said the regional officer of AICTE had demanded money for processing a case of increase in intake of seats of a Faridabad-based engineering college. The owner of the college brought this to the knowledge of the AICTE chairman, the adviser and the deputy director but no action was taken by them and Dalal allegedly continued to harass the owner and forced him to give money, the spokesperson said.
Facing charges: R.A. Yadav. Ramesh Pathania / Mint
A case was registered against the four under 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and section seven and eight of the Prevention of corruption Act (taking bribe in respect of an official act and influence public servant).
Yadav could not be reached for his reaction.
The CBI also arrested K. Narayan Rao, a member-secretary of AICTE for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs5 lakh from a person who wanted to open an engineering college in Andhra Pardesh.
Rao was arrested along with his purported middleman S.B. Subba Rao when they were allegedly accepting Rs5 lakh as first instalment from the owner of the engineering college.