A pair of handcuffs are displayed for a photograph. (Photographer: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg)

Unitech Founder Booked By CBI In Bribery Case; Station Officer, Lawyer Arrested

Unitech Ltd founder Ramesh Chandra was today booked by the Central Bureau of Investigation for allegedly bribing Delhi Police officials to "manage" cases of the real estate firm as the agency also arrested the Station House Officer concerned and a lawyer, officials said. It is alleged that the Saket court had referred 47 cases related to Unitech Ltd to Saket police station for probe.

The officials said it is alleged that the firm was making regular payment to the SHO to "manage" these cases. On getting inputs, the CBI carried out a raid and found advocate Neeraj Walia allegedly paying Rs 2 lakh as bribe to SHO Neeraj Kumar allegedly on behalf of Unitech Ltd. Both were arrested and FIR was registered against eight individuals and company Unitech Ltd, they said.

In addition to the two arrested accused, the agency has also named promoter of Unitech Ramesh Chandra, Managing Director Ajay Chandra his wife Upma, Seema Manga, Pradeep Kumar and another Delhi Police official Sanjay Sharma.

"It is alleged that the accused in conspiracy with each other were involved in demand, provision and acceptance of illegal gratification. It is also alleged that the issue was to show undue favour for settlement of cases registered against directors/owners of said private firm," CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said.

In its statement, Unitech spokesperson denied the allegations of any wrongdoing on the part of Unitech Ltd or any of its directors or office bearers.

Our managing directors are undergoing custody and are presently lodged at central jail Tihar in relation to proceedings which is sub-judice before the Supreme Court. The company has deposited substantial amounts to comply with the orders of the court and has further tracts of land to redress grievances of the homebuyers
Unitech’s Spokesperson

The spokesperson also denied sending any individual to police for favours.