New Delhi: IAS officer Sanjay Popli, whose son Kartik died under mysterious circumstance on Saturday, had been arrested in a graft case on June 21. Popli, 2008-batch IAS officer of Punjab cadre, had been accused of demanding bribe in exchange of clearing tenders for laying sewerage pipeline in Nawanshahr.
Sanjay Popli and his wife have accused the Vigilance Bureau for the death of their son. In a video released by news agency ANI, Popli could be seen being dragged away by the police as he alleged: “I am an eye-witness, they (police officials) are taking me….my son was shot by them.”
Kartik Popli’s mother told reporters, “The Vigilance officials were pressuring us and they were even torturing my domestic help to give false statements in support of the case they have registered. My 27-year-old son is gone. He was a brilliant lawyer. They have snatched him”.
Case Against Sanjay Popli
Popli’s alleged conduit identified as Sandeep Wats was also rounded up from Jalandhar on June 21, according to an official statement.
The complaint against Popli had been filed by Sanjay Kumar of Karnal in Haryana, a government contractor with a firm under the name of Dikhadala Cooperative Society Limited. In his complaint, Kumar said Sanjay Popli, during his posting as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board in connivance with his Assistant Secretary Sandeep Wats had allegedly demanded bribe to clear the tender for Rs 7.30 crore.
He said that on January 12, Wats demanded a bribe of Rs 7 lakh (1 per cent of Rs 7 crores project) for tender allotment on behalf of Popli.
“Scared, he (Kumar) drew Rs 3.5 lakh from his bank account and handed it over to Sandeep Wats in a car at Sector-20, Chandigarh,” said the statement quoting a spokesperson of the Vigilance Bureau.
After receiving the amount Wats intimated Popli about the same and took Rs 50,000 for himself. However, Kumar had refused to give the remaining Rs 3.5 lakh being demanded by Wats repeatedly. He had also made a video recording of the entire conversation and submitted it to the vigilance bureau, said the spokesperson.
Based on the complainant’s statement and the video evidence, a case has been registered against Popli and Wats for allegedly demanding a bribe of one per cent for allotment of tender and receiving Rs 3.5 lakh as bribe money.
(With PTI inputs)