Army Officer arrested along with Middleman by CBI in cash-for-transfer case

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A Lieutenant Colonel in the armed force has been arrested for allegedly manipulating postings of officers for money. Lt Colonel Ranganathan Suvramani Moni has been blamed for taking bribes to arrange transfers at the armed force headquarters, alongside a middleman, Gaurav Kohli, who has likewise been arrested.

The officer had been researched for months by the CBI, which says his arrest is for “personal improper practices and looking for of monetary gratification”.

Lt Colonel Moni was found taking Rs. 2 lakh to facilitate the transfer of a Bengaluru-based army officer, the CBI said.

The police complaint also names a Brigadier however his name has not been included in the list of accused.

The CBI suspects other senior officers were likewise included.

The organization is researching how army officers were ready to pay lakhs of rupees to get a posting of their choice.

Gaurav Kohli had contacts with a few senior officers in the personnel department, including Lieutenant Colonel Moni, and allegedly used them to help officers who needed transfers.

In a recent case recognized by the CBI, around Rs. 5 lakhs was given to Gaurav Kohli by an army officer, allegedly through hawala channels.

Gaurav Kohli, say investigators, had meetings with Lt Col Moni and went to his home as well. He allegedly gave Rs. 2 lakh to the officer.

Lt Col Moni, who is from Thiruvananthapuram, has been in the army since 1994 and was posted at the army headquarters in August last year.

CBI officers say the investigations are still on.

The armed force said it would sit tight for the investigation and cooperate with the CBI.

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