CBI arrests CPWD engineerNEW DELHI: An executive engineer with the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) has been arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs.20,000 from a contractor to clear his pending bill.

The CBI received a complaint from the contractor alleging that Dalchand Gupta, an executive engineer with "Q" division of the CPWD at R.K. Puram, was demanding Rs.25,000 from him to clear a bill for Rs.4 lakhs against work that had already been executed. Acting on the complaint, the CBI sleuths laid a trap on Tuesday and caught Dalchand red-handed in his office while he was accepting part of the bribe amount. Subsequently, searches were conducted at his office and residence. The raiding team allegedly recovered Rs.17,000 in cash, documents pertaining to investments worth about Rs.27 lakhs, two Demat Accounts with HDFC Bank, a large number of Mutual Fund certificates and papers relating to construction of a house at Faridabad in Haryana. The seized documents are being scrutinised.

The accused was produced in a Delhi court that remanded him to 14-day judicial custody.

One arrested on murder chargeNEW DELHI: A 22-year-old man allegedly wanted in connection with a murder at Khurja in Uttar Pradesh was arrested near Haiderpur Canal in North-West Delhi by the Crime Branch of the Delhi police on Monday.

Acting on a tip-off that Rahis Qureshi, who was wanted in connection with a murder case at Khurja, would pass by Haiderpur Canal, a team comprising Sub-Inspector Sahdev Kumar Rana laid a trap and arrested him.

During interrogation, Rahis allegedly confessed to having murdered one of his relatives, Mohammad Walim, on June 15. He had borrowed Rs. 30,000 from Walim for marriage of his two sisters. Later, Walim asked him to repay the loan at which Rahis took up a fight and allegedly shot him with a country-made firearm.

Police official renders apology in courtNEW DELHI: A Station House Officer (SHO), accused of harassing a person by repeatedly summoning him to police station without entering his name into records, on Tuesday rendered an unconditional apology before a city court.

Taking the written apology of Inspector Rajeshwar Kumar, employed at Kalyanpuri police station in east Delhi, into records, Additional Sessions Judge S C Malik said, ``I hope the sufficient message stands conveyed to the SHO present in the court.

``His apology is accepted and he is warned to be careful in future with further direction that any such violation would be dealt with as per the law.''

CBSE's warning to private publishersNEW DELHI: The CBSE on Tuesday warned that it will initiate legal action against private publishers who claim their textbooks have been recommended by the Board, saying it had stopped the practice of recommending such books since the 2005-06 academic session.

The Board said it has come to its notice that many publishers were selling their new editions of textbooks by claiming its recommendation given to them earlier and thus misleading public for their commercial gains, the CBSE said in a release here.