Army transfer scam: Two arrested in Delhi, raids in Hyderabad

Lt Colonel Ranganathan Suvramani Moni has been accused of taking bribes to arrange transfers at the army headquarters, along with a middleman, Gaurav Kohli, who has also been arrested. The name of DDG Personnel, Army HQ, Brigadier S.K. Grover, and others have also cropped up during investigations. Moni had assured that he would help in getting Subhas transferred through one of the senior officers in the army headquarters against payment of illegal gratification. Officers allegedly paid lakhs of rupees to manipulate their postings.

The deal is said to have been brokered by a civilian Gaurav Kohli and another army officer Purushottam, both of whom are named in the CBI first-investigation report, the report said.

It is alleged that Moni had entered into a criminal conspiracy with Kohli and Purshottam, an army officer posted in ESD, Kakinara for influencing transfer of various officers.

"Searches were conducted at the premises, including the residence of arrested accused and others in New Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Thiruvananthapuram which led to recovery of cash over 10 lakh (approximately) and incriminating documents and other articles", CBI Spokesperson R K Gaur said. They were allegedly giving choice postings for "huge illegal gratification" which ran into lakhs for a single transfer, sources said.

Purshottam contacted army officers, who are either posted in different field formation or facing imminent transfer and desirous of posting at different locations.

A case has been registered against Lt Col Moni, Bengaluru-based barracks and stores officer (BSO) S Subhas, Hyderabad-based army officer Purshottam and alleged middleman Kohli.

"CBI is investigating the case and Army Headquarters shall wait for the full investigation and shall cooperate with the probe", the sources added.

Subhas allegedly got delivered Rs 5 lakh as bribe to Kohli through hawala operators.

In the department under DG (Personnel) looking after the civilian postings, Brigadier Grover and Lt. Col. Moni are the only Army officers, rest being civilians.

  • Leroy Wright