The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday performed searches at 30 places in Punjab as a part of its investigation into allegations of corruption in opposition to Meals Company of India (FCI) officers. The officers are alleged of procuring inferior grains to profit retailers and rice millers, reported information company PTI citing officers.
The CBI groups launched coordinated raids on the premises of grain retailers, rice mill house owners, and serving and retired officers of the FCI. The raids are unfold throughout a number of districts of Punjab, together with Fatehgarh Sahib and Moga, as a part of ‘Operation Kanak 2’, they stated.
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These raids are performed within the second spherical of the FIR pertaining to an organised syndicate of officers on the FCI, who allegedly charged bribes of Rs 1,000-4,000 per truck unloaded on the FCI godowns from non-public millers per crop season for overlaying up low-quality grains provided by them and different favours.
It’s alleged that the bribes have been allegedly circulated to officers in a well-defined share of cuts at every degree, it alleged. The FIR gave particulars of such bribe assortment in lots of FCI depots throughout Punjab.
In January, the CBI launched ‘Operation Kanak’ on alleged corruption within the Meals Company of India, conducting searches at 50 places in Punjab, Haryana, and Delhi after arresting a DGM-rank officer from Chandigarh, in response to the PTI report.
The CBI booked a complete of 74 accused within the FIR, together with FCI Govt Director Sudeep Singh, after a six-month-long undercover operation to determine suspects within the syndicate of officers, rice mill house owners and middlemen, amongst others who have been allegedly indulging in corrupt practices, they stated.
The company alleged that massive bribe was paid to FCI officers for extending favours to the non-public nexus operators.