Bhubaneswar: An Assistant Engineer (Civil) of Sambalpur postal sub-division in Odisha was caught red-handed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) while accepting a bribe of Rs 1.4 lakh from a private contractor today.
Accused Suvasish Pal had allegedly sought the bribe from the contractor to clear his bills. Pal had asked the contractor to pay the bribe money in his office on April 14 (today), which is a public holiday, sources said.
The contractor had informed this to the CBI office in Bhubaneswar.
A seven-member team of the CBI raided Pal’s office and caught him while accepting the bribe from the contractor, sources added.
“Pal was in his office even though it was a holiday. The entire bribe money was recovered from him,” said a source in the CBI.
Sources, meanwhile, claimed that the CBI sleuths have picked up a middleman in connection with the bribe case.