Who is Punjab IAS Officer Sanjay Popli, Booked In Corruption Case?
IAS officer Sanjay Popli was arrested on June 21 on corruption charges.
New Delhi: IAS officer Sanjay Popli, whose son Kartik died in mysterious circumstances on Saturday, was arrested in a corruption case on June 21. Popli, an IAS officer of the 2008 Punjab cadre group, has been accused of demanding bribes in exchange for an explanation tender for laying a sewerage pipeline in Nawanshahr.
His conduit allegedly known as Sandeep Wats was also arrested from Jalandhar on the same day, according to an official statement.
The complaint against Popli was filed by Sanjay Kumar of Karnal in Haryana, a government contractor with a firm under the name Dikhadala Cooperative Society Limited. In his complaint, Kumar said Sanjay Popli, during his tenure as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board in collusion with his Assistant Secretary Sandeep Wats had been accused of soliciting bribes to clear a tender of Rs 7.30 crore.
He said on January 12, Wats demanded a bribe of Rs 7 lakh (1 per cent of the Rs 7 crores project) for tender allocation on behalf of Popli.
“Fearing, he (Kumar) withdrew Rs 3.5 lakh from his bank account and handed it to Sandeep Wats in a car in Sector-20, Chandigarh,” the statement quoted a spokesman for the Bureau of Vigilance as saying.
After receiving the amount, Wats told Popli about the same and took Rs 50,000 for himself. However, Kumar refused to give the remaining Rs 3.5 lakh claimed by Wats repeatedly. He also made a video recording of the entire conversation and handed it over to the surveillance bureau, the spokesman said.
Based on the complainant’s statement and video evidence, a case has been registered against Popli and Wats for allegedly demanding a bribe of one per cent for tender allocation and accepting Rs 3.5 lakh as bribe money.