Court extends interim bail of BRO officer caught selling diesel



Shimla: District and sessions judge, Shimla, today extended interim anticipatory bail granted to an Indian Army officer who was allegedly caught by the CBI for selling diesel from the Army’s stocks.

Dist. and session Judge DR Chandel extended the interim pre-arrest bail of Captain Vikalp Purohit till September 6, but he asked the accused to cooperate with the investigating agency. Purohit of the General Reserve Engineering Force, a wing of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), was posted at Koksar in Lahaul and Spiti district and caught on August 20 by a team of CBI sleuths who posed as decoy customers.

The diesel was meant for BRO’s Project Deepak, which maintains a 222-km stretch between Manali and Sarchu, part of the 475-km Manali-Leh National Highway-21. The CBI summoned Purohit last week to its office here and grilled him. It also summoned all the records of diesel supplies and consumption by BRO for verification. It couldn’t arrest him as the accused got anticipatory bail here on August 23. CBI superintendent of police R Upasak said the accused was trapped by two decoy customers, who projected themselves as contractors of the public works department. They entered into negotiations with the accused was was ready to dispose of 800 litres of diesel.

The CBI team was on the lookout for Army officials who were allegedly selling diesel meant for the forces, in the open market. The CBI has already registered a case against Purohit.

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