The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday, 16 March, arrested a professor of Jamia Millia Islamia, working in the Department of Civil Engineering, along with two others from a private company, over a bribery case of Rs 1 lakh.
The CBI said that the professor, identified as Mohammed Khalid Moin, was caught red-handed accepting a hefty amount of bribe from the architects of Vyom Architect in Okhla, identified as Prakhar Pawar and Abid Khan, to issue structural stability certificates, IANS reported.
"A case was registered against the accused on the allegation that the said professor in conspiracy with the representatives of different private builders, architect, middleman etc, was indulging in different activities for issuing structural stability certificates for the projects after taking bribes," a senior CBI officer, RC Joshi, stated.
As per a Hindustan Times report, Moin had also issued a structural stability certificate for a Gurugram’s Chintels Paradiso housing complex previously, the place where multiple ceilings of a tower collapsed on 10 February this year, therby killing two women.
However, the accused has been apprehended for a separate bribery case, and not in connection to the Chintels Paradiso collapse.
The CBI said it had laid a trap to catch the Jamia professor and others, while taking a bribe of Rs 1 lakh.
The official mentioned that the premises of the accused was being searched thoroughly.
The probe team till now has found Rs 30 lakh in cash and documents related to Rs 1.2 crore in Moin's bank accounts, apart from certain documents related to builders and so on, he added.
"The arrested accused will be produced before the designated court at Delhi," the CBI official said.
(With inputs from IANS and Hindustan Times.)