The CBI Special Court on Tuesday remanded an executive engineer of the Central Public Work Department (CPWD) who was caught red-handed by CBI officials taking bribe, in judicial custody till February 17.
In the remand report, the CBI stated that since the investigation of the case had commenced recently, the engineer, M Rajavelu, should not be released on bail.
There are possibilities of the accused going absconding, tampering with evidence and influencing witnesses.
The accused is from Nagercoil and he is not likely to be available for the ongoing investigation.
Investigation officer Joji P Joseph, CBI Inspector, stated that the CBI has registered the case under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act.
Meanwhile, Rajavelu also filed a bail petition at the CBI Special Court on Tuesday.
In his petition, Rajavelu said that he was falsely trapped in the case by a contractor. According to him, he refused to clear the bill of the contractor as construction work 13/CHCP/2012-13 was not carried out properly. He said he has no criminal background and he would cooperate with the investigation team even after grant of bail. The petition would be considered by the court on Thursday.
Rajavelu, executive engineer with CPWD, Kakkanad, allegedly sought `8,000 bribe from a contractor for clearing bills of completed works.