A senior IPS officer in the state police has accused three of his junior colleagues of flouting norms while allotting various police infrastructure projects to private contractors while they were at the helm of affairs at the Karnataka Police Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (KSPH&IDCL).
Susant Mahapatra, who is the current chairman of the KSPH&IDCL, has in his complaint to the Lokayukta averred to possible corruption in the handing of contracts for police infrastructure.
Mahapatra has alleged that current Bangalore police commissioner M N Reddy, Karnataka State Reserve Police chief Praveen Sood, both ADGP rank officers, and the managing director of the police infrastructure corporation Seemant Kumar Singh, an IGP rank officer, had violated norms under the Karnataka Transparency in Public Procurements Act in awarding contracts.
In the complaint to Upalokayukta Justice Subhash B Adi, filed on Monday, Mahapatra has alleged that Reddy as the MD of KSPH&IDCL in 2012 approved costly projects without the powers to do so. “In the 139th meeting of Board of Directors of the KSPH&IDCL held in May 2012, Reddy has given approval for packages which are beyond his permissible limits. He had the power only to sanction projects worth less than Rs 5 crores. But, Reddy has permitted packages for more than Rs 50 crores which in fact requires government approval,” Mahapatra alleged.
“This has been done to eliminate small players and big players have bagged the tenders. Moreover, he has allotted a tender to Pearl Constructions, which is blacklisted and is on the CBI radar in a Rs 2,025 crore scam. Also, an Indian settled in Australia was offered the tenders, which is not permitted,” said Mahapatra in his complaint.
IPS officers Praveen Sood and Seemant Kumar Singh were equally responsible for the irregularities since they were also posted to the KSPH&IDCL, Mahapatra has alleged. The DGP has stated in his complaint that he was approaching the Lokayukta because no action was taken on his complaint by the finance and home departments over the past month.
The Upalokayukta Justice Subhash B Adi told reporters that he had received a complaint from DGP Susant Mahapatra and that he had sought more documents to register a case about the alleged scam. “I will take action once the complainant submits all the relevant documents,” Justice Adi said.
Bangalore police commissioner M N Reddy rejected the allegations and said that he had not done anything illegal during his tenure in the KSPH&IDCL. “I don’t know why Mahapatra has given a complaint against me. I did my duty as per rules and regulations of the corporation. I can provide an explanation if they ask me,” Reddy said.