A General Court Martial (GCM) at Ambala has held an Army officer, Major Vikalp Purohit, not guilty of two charges levelled against him under the Prevention of Corruption Act after being entrapped by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The GCM has acquitted him.
On August 20, 2010, the CBI’s Shimla branch had laid a trap to catch the accused officer red-handed at Koksar near Rohtang Pass on the Manali-Leh road. He was charged for giving 1,200 litres of diesel on loan to Sehdev Sharma, a Border Roads Organisation contractor and selling 800 litres of high-speed diesel to a CBI decoy contractor.
The CBI had contended that the seizure memo was prepared at Koksar, but a printout of the same could not be taken since there was no power supply. During cross-examination it was established that no memo was prepared at Koksar and there was continuous power supply.
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