Paradip Port Trust bribery case: 7 accused depose before CBI court

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Bhubaneswar: The seven accused arrested in connection to the Paradip Port Trust bribery case were deposed before CBI court.

The Court reserved verdict on the bail plea of Charchit Mishra, Sisir Dash and Debapriya Mohanty.

The CBI also sought permission for extension of remand period for 9 more days.

According to the FIR registered by the agency, the chief mechanical engineer of Paradip Port Trust Saroj Kumar Das was frequently demanding bribes through his associate Sumanta Rout to extend benefits to private stakeholders engaged in services at the Paradip Port.

In the present case, during the unloading of cargo, the OSL had damaged the conveyor belt in Paradip Port, whose cost of repair and replacement would have cost crores to the stevedoring firm.

However, the repair work of the conveyor belt was carried out at the cost of the port’s resources which resulted in a huge financial benefit to the OSL. The central agency said Das and Rout in connivance with director of OSL Mishra executed this.

Das had demanded Rs 60 lakh bribe through Rout from OSL for extending the financial benefits.

 

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