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CBI arrests NHAI project manager in a graft case

PTI | New Delhi |

The CBI on Friday arrested a project manager of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and an another person for allegedly seeking a bribe of Rs 2 lakh for regularising a roadside eatery in Tamil Nadu, an agency spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said that one M Rayar owned a 6,000-sq feet land at Poonthottam village in the Villupuram district adjacent to the NH 45 which was rented out for last six months for running a restaurant.

NHAI Project Director H Bhima Simha issued a notice calling the restaurant unauthorised and directed it be removed, a CBI FIR in the case alleged.

It said Rayar had applied for regularising the eatery and remitted necessary charges of Rs 1.60 lakh through a demand draft in the favour of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in August.

Not getting any response, he met Simha who allegedly demanded Rs 2 lakh for giving permission, it alleged.

Rayar approached the CBI as he did not want to pay the bribe, it said.

The agency laid a trap and arrested Simha and a private person while they were receiving the alleged bribe money, the CBI spokesperson said.