Bhubaneswar: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sleuths on Tuesday have held an Assistant General Manager (AGM) of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) while he was accepting bribe of Rs 1 lakh for passing a bill.
Sources said BSNL (Microwave Projects) General Manager GC Bidika had asked for bribe of `1 lakh for passing the pending bills of the contractor. Bidika’s residential houses at Khandagiri here and Rayagada were also searched to detect if he has assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.
As per sources, the contractor named Janardhan Panigrahi had taken the contract for laying of cables from Rampur to Tumulibandha of Kandhamal district. Even after completion of work since five years from now, bill of amount Rs 10.15 lakh was pending with BSNL. As such, Bidika had demanded for Rs 1 lakh for passing the bill. But Janardhan being not able to provide the demanded amount, was harassed very often by Bidika.
Being harassed, Janardhan approached CBI officials for assistance. Sources said that the CBI sleuths aske Janradhan to give the amount to Bidika. As such while accepting the bribe amount, Bidika was caught red-handed by the CBI sleuths.