Court refuses extension of bail to army captain caught selling diesel

Shimla: A local court today cancelled the interim anticipatory bail granted to Capt. Vikalp Purohit who was caught red handed by the CBI while selling diesel from the army stock in open market.

District and Sessions Judge B.R. Chandel rejected the plea filed by Indian Army Captain of the General Reserve Engineer Force, a wing of BRO, who was posted at Koksar in Lahaul and Spiti district.

Purohit, who was caught by CBI sleuths Aug 20, was granted interim anticipatory bail by the court Aug 23.

CBI Superintendent of Police R. Upasak told said that Purohit was summoned to the investigating agency’s headquarters after the rejection of his plea for extension of his interim anticipatory bail. He said the CBI was investigating facts about supply of diesel to the BRO and its total consumption. It also summoned all the fuel logbooks of the BRO for verification.

Upasak said the army officer was trapped by two decoy customers, who presented themselves as contractors of the state public works department. They entered into negotiations with him and he was ready to sell 800 litres of diesel to them.

The diesel that Purohit was allegedly trying to sell was meant for the BRO’s Project Deepak which maintains a 222-km stretch between Manali and Sarchu, part of the 475-km Manali-Leh National Highway-21.

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