Senior MCD official arrested for corruption

March 18th, 2009 - 9:51 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 18 (IANS) A senior official of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) Wednesday was sent to two days’ police custody after he was booked by the anti-corruption cell on the charge of demanding Rs.2 crores from a businessman.
His junior was also jailed.

According to the anti-corruption cell, MCD deputy commissioner Ashok Kumar of the Najafgarh zone had allegedly demanded Rs.2 crores from businessman Raghubir Singh for releasing a plot of land in south Delhi where Singh had intended to construct a motel.

The businessman had approached Kumar to seek permission for constructing the motel on the land where it was not allowed.

But he demanded Rs.2 crores to ‘deseal’ the place.

Singh then filed a complaint against Kumar and gave a recorded phone conversation between the duo, which served as initial evidence.

The anti-corruption cell raided Kumar’s residence and office Wednesday.

Additional Sessions Judge A.S.Yadav remanded Ashok Kumar, as also zonal assistant engineer O.P. Malik, to two days police custody.

Kumar was in the race for a Congress party nomination to contest the Lok Sabha elections from the northwest Delhi seat.

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