Railway engineer held for Rs 20,000 bribe

Mumbai: A senior Railway engineer has been arrested by CBI for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 20,000 for issuing an NOC for starting work on a piece of land here and subsequent searches unearthed documents related to his investments and purchase of flats, an official said today.

Motilal Bharti, Divisional Engineer of Central Railway at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), was trapped by the CBI in his office on February 25 while taking the bribe, he said.

Bharti had asked for Rs 40,000 from the complainant for issuing a no objection certificate (NOC) for a piece of land where some work was to start. He was caught while accepting the first instalment of Rs 20,000, he said.

Subsequently, searches were conducted at his office and residential premises by a CBI team which found deposit receipts of over Rs 1 crore, around 1kg of gold jewellery, documents related to investments and purchase of three flats and land, the official added.

Bharti was booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act and placed under arrest, he added.