CBI officer probing land scam sent to judicial custody

March 31st, 2008 - 11:52 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) A city court Monday remanded Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officer D.K. Thakur, who allegedly took a bribe of Rs.200,000 from the kin of an accused in a multi-million-rupee land scam case, in judicial custody till April 11. The CBI arrested Thakur last week from Vasant Kunj while he was accepting the bribe from Kusum Sehgal, sister of Atul Vashist, an accused in the land scam case.

Sehgal March 26 lodged a complaint with the CBI that Thakur demanded bribe for facilitating release of her brother, who was lodged in Tihar Jail along with alleged kingpin Ashok Malhotra.

The complainant also alleged that following the persistent calls and threats from the accused, a bribe of Rs.50,000 was paid to him.

The CBI officials recovered Rs.98,000 in cash and some documents pertaining to properties and investments from Thakur’s house.

Malhotra, in connivance with five Delhi Development Authority (DDA) officials, is alleged to have fraudulently sold plots allotted to the underprivileged people in the Dhirpur resettlement colony and Molarband area of the capital.

The re-settlement scheme at Molarband Phase-II, south Delhi, involves about 600-700 plots, of which a large number are suspected to have been allotted last year in the names of fictitious people and illegally sold off.

Malhotra was arrested in August last year outside a television news channel office in Noida but was granted bail by the Delhi High Court earlier this month.

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