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Rourkela Steel Plant Officer In CBI Net For Taking Bribe To Pass Tender

**Rourkela:** The sleuths of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday arrested Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP)’s executive director (ED) Works B.P. Verma on graft charges.

As per the CBI sources, ready cash to a tune of Rs 21.480 lakh was seized from his Sector-19- based official residence here.

Astoundingly, Rs 20 lakh cash said to have seized was in shape of newly circulated Rs 2000 denomination Indian currency notes while Rs 1 lakh was allegedly the bribe money for passing a tender of Vesuvius India Ltd, manufacturer of continuous casting refractories.

The firm’s representative Binay Kumar Singh has also been arrested from Bokaro. Binay is said to be looking after day to day business affairs with RSP.

On Sunday evening, a 12-member CBI team led by ASP S.Q. Ali raided the house and office of Verma at Sector-19 here and seized Rs 20 lakh cash of Rs 2000 denominations from his possession apart from the bribe money of Rs 1 lakh and some incriminating documents during the raid.

Marathon raid and grilling were undertaken by the CBI sleuths from Sunday 6 pm till midnight.

Being tipped off suspected possession of disproportion asset (DA), simultaneous raids were conducted at 10 places, including Rourkela, Bokaro, Jamshedpur and Kolkata.

Notably, as per the latest appointment letter dated January 6, 2017 that Verma has received from the Management of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), he has been promoted to the post of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bokaro Steel Plant with effect from April 1, 2017. But, he had not joined. He was about to leave Rourkela in a day or two when he was swooped down upon by the central investigation agency.

As per information, arrested Verma was likely to be forwarded to the Special CBI Court in Bhubaneswar on Monday.

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