CBI books Army officer for graft in canteen supply

The CBI has booked a Lieutenant Colonel of the Army posted in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and 5 others for alleged corruption in procurement of ration for the defense force.

The company has alleged that the officer — Lt Col Abhishek Chandra — had demanded bribes from other providers in 2018. Chandra was once then SSO (Contract and Victualling), CLOGO Section, HQs, Andaman & Nicobar Command, Delanipur, Haddo, Port Blair.

In 2018, the FIR mentioned, he allegedly “demanded and accepted bribes frequently from different private suppliers in connivance with field officers posted in Base Victualling Yard” at Minnie Bay, Port Blair, for “procurement of ration and other items for the department and its canteen store”.

The FIR names two providers — Kolkata-based Rochak Agro Food Products and every other company represented through one Shri Muthu — as having allegedly paid bribes to Chandra. Besides Chandra and Muthu, the FIR names Rochak Agro representatives Ghanshyam Choudhary, Shubham Choudhary and Dayal Chandra Das and every other soldier, Shri Routh, as accused.

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