The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested Paradip Port Trust Odisha Chief Mechanical Engineer, Saroj Kumar Das and three others in a briber case.

The three other persons arrested including Sumanta Rout @ Bana private person/conduit, Sankha Subhra Mitra, Manager Port Operations, M/s KCT Group, Surya Narayan Sahoo, DGM (Operations) M/s Orissa Stevedores Limited.

The other accused in the case are Debapriya Mohanty of M/s KCT Group, Charchit Mishra Director, M/s Orissa Stevedores Limited, Surya Narayan Sahoo, DGM (Operations) M/s Orissa Stevedores Limited, M/s Orissa Stevedores Ltd and Unknown others.

A case was registered against Chief Mechanical Engineer, Paradip Port Trust (Odisha), and others including private persons, private company & unknown others.

It was alleged that the Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME), Paradip Port Trust (Odisha) was in the habit of demanding & accepting bribes through his close conduit for extending undue benefits to various private stake holders engaged in port service and activities at Paradip Port.

The said conduit of CME was in close contact with Manager Port Operations (also allegedly acting as a middleman with other Cargo companies) of a private group of companies & other persons. It was further alleged that while unloading cargo, a private company based at Cuttack (Odisha), damaged the conveyor belt operational in Paradip Port.

The cost of repairing / replacement of the conveyor belt was very high.

The said CME in conspiracy with conduit, middleman & Director of said private company got it repaired at the cost of Port Trust causing huge monetary advantage to said private company.

In turn, the conduit allegedly demanded Rs. 60 lakh as bribe for the said favour, allegedly on behalf of CME.

Accordingly, he collected the bribe amount of Rs. 25 lakh from Cuttack and kept Rs. 10 lakh separately for themselves.

It was also alleged that the conduit handed over Rs. 10 lakh to a real estate developer in Bhubaneshwar, with whom the Chief Mechanical Engineer had allegedly booked a property.

CBI intercepted the said conduit in Paradip and recovered Rs. 5 lakh of the alleged bribe money from him.

Later, Rs. 18.30 lakh also as part of alleged bribe was recovered. During further searches, Rs. 20.25 lakh (approx.), jewellery, documents related to investment and other incriminating documents were recovered from the residence of Chief Mechanical Engineer.

The searches were also conducted at 15 locations including in Paradip, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur & Bhubaneshwar at the premises of accused. Rs. 41 lakh (approx.) was recovered from the premises of Director of said private company.

The arrested accused will be produced on Friday before the court.