CBI arrests DY Chief Labour commissioner; labour enforcement officer and three private persons in an alleged bribery case
The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Deputy Chief Labour Commissioner; Labour Enforcement Officer, both posted at Chandigarh; two partners of a Bathinda based private HR Solutions firm and an employee of a private construction company in a bribery case.
CBI had registered a case under section 120-B and section 7 & 12 of PC(Amendment) Act, 2018 against the accused persons on the allegations of transaction of bribe money between the accused persons, i.e. Labour Enforcement Officer, Chandigarh and both partners of the Bathinda based private firm. Accordingly, CBI reached the location and caught both partners of the said Bathinda based private firm, for giving a bribe of Rs.1,30,000/- to the said Enforcement Officer, who accepted the alleged bribe on behalf of the Dy. Chief Labour Commissioner, Chandigarh. It was further alleged that the bribe was offered and demanded in lieu of issuance of a favourable report a to private Construction Company and for issuance of NOC in favour of a few other private firms located at Bathinda. It was also alleged that the private persons were acting as middlemen between various private industrialists/ businessmen/private contractors and the said public servants, by negotiating and collecting illegal gratification in lieu of extending favours to them by facilitating relief in the matters of inspections carried out in their business /industrial establishments.
Searches were conducted at the official and residential premises of the accused, which led to recovery of documents.
The arrested accused will be produced today in the jurisdictional court at Mohali (Punjab).