CBI arrests senior Gujarat IAS officer in arms license bribery case

The CBI on Wednesday arrested Gujarat IAS officer K Rajesh for alleged corruption in granting weapons licenses to ineligible individuals, officials said. Rajesh, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer in 2011, was summoned to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Ahmedabad office for questioning, but he reportedly did not cooperate and was taken into custody, they added.

It is alleged that when he was the Surendranagar District Collector, Rajesh took bribes for land deals and sanctioned weapons licenses from ineligible persons, the officials said.

In May, the agency arrested Mohammad Rafiq Menon, who allegedly acted as the officer’s relay.

In addition to granting arms licenses to ineligible individuals, it is also alleged that Rakesh took bribes for the allocation of government land and the regularization of encroached government land on behalf of non-beneficiaries. eligible.

”A preliminary investigation was registered earlier at the request of the Gujarat government in the matter. The present case is the outcome of the EP,’ the CBI had said after the case was filed.

After filing the case, the agency conducted searches of the defendants’ premises in Gandhinagar and Surat (in Gujarat) and Rajahmundry (in Andhra Pradesh), which resulted in the recovery of incriminating documentary and digital evidence. , she had specified.

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