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CBI charges ONGC official with graft

Guwahati, Nov. 8: A senior Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) official has been chargesheeted by the CBI for allegedly demanding and accepting bribe to award a contract.

An official source told The Telegraph today that the anti-corruption branch of the bureau had recently filed the chargesheet at the special CBI court here against Purna Kanta Bora, the general manager, civil (engineering services), of ONGC’s Assam Asset.

Bora, who was posted in Sivasagar district, was accused of demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 40,000 from a contractor for awarding him a contract.

The CBI registered a case (number 5/2012) against him on the basis of a written complaint lodged by the contractor, laid a trap and allegedly caught him red-handed while demanding and accepting money from the complainant on February 7 this year.

The source said Bora was charged under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, for allegedly “taking gratification other than legal remuneration in respect of an official work”.

If found guilty by court, Bora would be punishable with imprisonment not less than six months, which may extend to five years, and would also be liable to pay a fine.

“Following his arrest, searches were conducted at his official quarters in Sivasagar and private residen-ces in Jorhat and Guwahati, which led to the recovery of Rs 3.6 lakh in cash, 15 bank accounts and documents of six properties,” the source said. “Trial in this case will formally begin in court after argument for discharge by the defence and arguments over framing of charges.”

Bora, however, is currently out on bail granted by Gauhati High Court.

The source said in another case, the chargesheet for which was also submitted recently, the CBI found that during 2008-10, of a total of 36,864 metric tonnes of coal allotted to the Assam Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (AIIDC), about 15,000 metric tonnes were allegedly diverted to the open market by the then AIIDC managing director, Nur Mohammad, and Naveen Kumar Singhal alias Naveen Kumar Gupta, the director of a Guwahati-based private firm. “They misappropriated over Rs 3 crore in this way.”

Coal India Limited had allotted the coal to the Assam government from its North Eastern Coal Field at Margh-erita in accordance with a fuel supply agreement for distribution of the coal to small-scale units like brick kilns and tea estates, among others.

Accordingly, the state government had entrusted AIIDC with the responsibility of lifting the coal and distributing it among the end-users. Singhal’s firm was engaged to pick up and distribute the coal.


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