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Army transfer racket: Middleman’s bail plea to be heard today

The officer and the middleman were arrested by the CBI and Rs. 2 lakh was also recovered from the Lt. Colonel’s residence. Both the accused were produced in a Special CBI Court in Delhi.

An FIR was registered under the Sections 7, 8, 12, 13 (2) r/w 13 (1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act, 1988 and Section 120B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The Patiala House Court today will hear middleman Gaurav Kohli’s bail plea in connection with the alleged ‘transfer posting racket’ that is said to have been functioning in the Indian Army.

The Court had earlier sent Lt. Col. Ranganathan Subramaniam and middleman Gaurav Kohli to a 12-day judicial custody of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in this matter.

The officers have been charged with criminal conspiracy, demand and acceptance of illegal gratification and using influence over public servants.

It is being alleged that Ranganathan entered into a criminal conspiracy with Kohli, Purshottam and others for ensuring transfer/posting of different officers posted in different field formation to their place of choice in lieu of payment of huge illegal gratification.

Purshottam allegedly contacted army officers, who are either posted in different field formation or facing imminent transfer and desirous of posting at different locations, and then contacted Gaurav Kohli, who is having a close acquaintance with many officers posted in Personnel Division of Army Head Quarter, for pursuing transfer of these officials in lieu of payment of huge illegal gratification to those senior officers posted in the Army HQ

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