Gold – Going cheap for Savitri


Season of Corruption

National Aluminium Company Ltd (Nalco) chairman-cum-managing director AK Srivastava, his wife Chandni and two accomplices, who were arrested on Friday, were sent to CBI custody till March 3 by a local court here on Saturday. CBI arrested the navratna PSU chief and his wife on charges of allegedly accepting gold bricks as bribe for manipulating Nalco contracts. CBI sources said the arrests were made after the agency tapped three phones of Srivastava and his conduits — Bhusan Lal Bajaj and his wife Anita.

The CBI told the court on Saturday that the Bajajs were brokering a deal between Srivastava and Bhatia International, an Indore-based coal import firm. The agency also raided the residence of the firm’s owner, Gurinder Singh Bhatia, in Indore. The Bajajs were also allegedly working as a conduit for other coal suppliers. (via Nalco chief suspended, sent to CBI custody till Mar 3 – The Times of India.

As regards the ‘Savitri’ albeit the modern one, it was reported:

There was high drama at the Patiala House Court here on Saturday. Chandni broke down, claiming her husband was innocent. Once the proceedings began, Chandani, sobbing profusely, interrupted the court: “The bank locker is in my name. I operate it. My husband has nothing to do with it. He is innocent.”

How sweet? A dedicated wife. Indeed.