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Corporate Aug 8, 2013

Micromax promoter gets 7 days in CBI custody in MCD bribery case

By Arlene Chang

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today produced in court the five accused, including promoter of Micromax Rajesh Agarwal , in a case of bribery after they were caught on Wednesday, said a spokesperson of the agency.

The arrested persons include two officials of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, one official of Delhi Development Authority, the managing director at Micromax Informatics Ltd Rajesh Agarwal and one more person Manish Tuli.

A court subsequently remanded Agarwal and the others who were arrested in the case to seven days in the CBI's custody.

During the hearing, CBI sought seven days police custodyof the accused to find out how many other government officialsor persons were involved in the case.

The agency said their custody was required to unearth"the larger conspiracy".

Agarwal, one of the founders of Gurgaon-based Micromax Infomatics, and Tuli were arrested by the CBI on charges of offering a bribe of Rs 30 lakh to the public servants in connection with a banquet hall the duo wanted to set up in the Wazirpur area.

Speaking to Firstpost the spokesperson of the CBI said that the agency could not disclose the names of the public servants at this time, but that "they are small time employees or baalidaars."

Micromax founder Rajesh Agarwal has also been arrested. PTI

Micromax founder Rajesh Agarwal has also been arrested. PTI

"All the accused were arrested from Timarpur near Pitampura in Delhi," the spokesperson said.

She also said that all the officials for whom the bribe was being taken have been located.

"The investigations are on. We will reveal more details in a few days," she said.

The CBI laid a trap for the accused on the basis of a tip off butthe spokesperson refused to divulge if the tip off came from someone in the MCD or Agarwal's company.

A press release from the CBI said, "Searches were conducted today at 15 places. During the search at the house of a Junior Engineer of MCD, an amount of Rs 40 lakh (Approx.) has been recovered. Similarly, the search at the residence of one of the arrested accused of MCD, cash amounting to Rs 30 lakhs and jewellery has been recovered. The searches are continuing."

Micromax has declined to comment on the issue so far.

The MCD official in-charge of Civil Line zone, Mahender Singh Thakur, declined to comment on the issue saying he was not authorized to talk.

Rajesh Agarwal, who is the Managing Director and promoter of Micromax Informatics, has over 22 years of experience in business restructuring, channel management and information technology. He previously worked with Pertech Computers Limited as customer support engineer and Universal Computers as customer support engineer.

Agarwal holds a bachelors degree in electrical engineering from Institute of Engineering, Calcutta and apart from serving as director of Micromax Technologies, he also serves as director of Shakun Buildwell Private Limited, according to Businessweek.

by Arlene Chang

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