The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a criminal offense against three people who allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 3.75 lakh for helping the complainant obtain a personal loan. The trio claimed they could speed up the loan process, given their contacts at the branch of a nationalized bank based in Nagpur. The accused were identified as Santosh Singh, resident of Chandrapur, and Manoj Sharma and Viru Shedame, residents of Nagpur.
The plaintiff, who is an auto electrician by profession, had shared his plan to get a loan of Rs 25 lakh with the accused. Afterwards, Singh assured him that they could do his job easily on the condition that the plaintiff should pay them a commission of 15% of the loan amount which is Rs 3.75 lakh. They had also said that the bank official needed to be bribed to get his loan proposal approved quickly.
The plaintiff then approached the CBI, with the telephone recording of the entire conversation with one of the defendants. During initial investigations, the allegations turned out to be true, thus exposing the criminal conspiracy between the trio.
Sharma had demanded payment of the bribery amount by check, the CBI said in its FIR. Based on the aggrieved’s complaint, a case was filed against the trio on Friday under Section 120B of the Indian Penal Code (criminal association) as well as Section 7A (unduly taking advantage to influence a public official by corrupt or illegal means) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
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