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CBI arrests inspector on bribery charge

NEW DELHI, APRIL 24. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday arrested one of its own inspectors, M.S. Sisodia, on charge of accepting a bribe of Rs. 25,000.

Official sources said the inspector was caught while allegedly accepting the bribe from the sales officer of the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL), on a running train near the New Delhi Railway Station. He was posted at the Jabalpur branch of the CBI and had allegedly been threatening to prosecute the officer.

He was investigating a case relating to alleged abuse of official position by the officer and others in providing LPG connections under the ``tatkal'' scheme.

The inspector had allegedly demanded Rs. one lakh for favouring him in the case and that he would be visiting Delhi for a couple of days. When they met, the HPCL officer allegedly told the inspector that he could arrange Rs. 25,000 only.

As the Inspector was scheduled to leave for Jabalpur by the Maha Kaushal Express from the Nizamuddin Railway Station, they went to the railway station in the officer's car. He boarded the train and was caught by the CBI team which stopped the train just when it had started moving. The inspector had joined the CBI on deputation from the Madhya Pradesh Police in July 2002.

In December last in Vishakapatnam the agency's anti-corruption branch had initiated action against one of its DIGs and two others on bribery charges.

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