CBI grills RPSF Commandant red-handed while taking bribe to clear pending salaries

Shanti Prakash Vashistha, commandant of RPSF 10th Battalion, being taken into custody in Dhanbad on Monday
Shanti Prakash Vashistha, commandant of RPSF 10th Battalion, being taken into custody in Dhanbad on Monday

धनबाद Dhanbad (DHN): The CBI has caught red-handed a commandant of Railway Protection Special Force (RPSF) in Dhanbad while accepting a bribe of Rs 20,000 from two constables of his battalion who were seeking clearance of their pending salaries.

The agency laid a trap on Sunday evening to nab the commandant of the 10th Battalion (RPSF), Shanti Prakash Vashistha (58), from his official residence near Dhanbad station. He was produced in the court of special CBI judge Vijay Kumar Sharma and forwarded to jail.

According to CBI sources, constables Mukesh Kumar and Pradip Kayal had approached the agency’s Dhanbad branch recently, complaining that the commandant was demanding money for “regularising” their leave taken against the periodical medical examination category.

Mukesh and Pradip had been on medical leave for almost eight months each since January this year. While they received salaries for the first four months, they were apparently marked “absent” from duty for the remaining period of time. Hence, their salaries for the last four months were blocked.

On returning from leave, the duo submitted applications to Vashistha, requesting him to “grant” the entire eight months as medical leave, paving the way for payment of their pending salaries. But, Vashistha demanded money for passing a “favourable” decision in this regard.

The duo alleged that even after taking Rs 40,000 from each of them, he was demanding more money.

Frustrated, they approached the CBI. Working on the complaint, sleuths led by CBI SP P.K. Maji raided the commandant’s house around 7pm (on Sunday) when the constables, as per the agency’s plan, had gone to pay more money to Vashistha. The CBI caught him accepting Rs 10,000 from each of the duo.

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