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Punjab: IAS Officer Sanjay Popli Arrested in Bribery Case

Popli allegedly sought 1% commission from a contractor of a sewerage project in Nawanshahr during the Congress regime.


The Punjab Vigilance Bureau on Monday arrested director, pensions, Sanjay Popli in a corruption case.

The 2008-batch Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer was arrested in a bribery case pertaining to the allotment of tenders when he was posted as the chief executive officer of the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board. Sandeep Wats, who was posted as the assistant secretary on the board, has also been arrested.

According to the Vigilance Bureau, the arrest was made on the basis of a complaint filed by a Karnal-based government contractor, Sanjay Kumar, against Popli and Wats, accusing them of demanding a 1% kickback for clearance of bills for tenders allotted for laying a sewerage pipeline at Nawanshahr.

Kumar alleged that after he was allotted the tender for ₹7.3 crore, he received a call from Wats on January 13, 2022, stating that Popli had demanded a bribe of ₹7 lakh.

The contractor alleged that he withdrew ₹3.5 lakh from his bank account and handed it over to Wats in a car at Sector 20, Chandigarh. Wats called Popli to inform him about the payment and even took a ₹5,000 cut for himself, it was alleged in the complaint.

The contractor reportedly made a video recording of the conversation and submitted it to the Punjab Vigilance Bureau. It was alleged that Wats again called Kumar a number of times for the remaining amount, but he refused.

The VB arrested the two officers on the basis of Kumar’s complaint and the video evidence, said the bureau.

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