1985-batch officer Sanjeev Kumar accused of approving printing tenders at inflated rates; he is currently under suspension
A special CBI court today framed charges of corruption against a 1985-batch IAS officer of the Haryana cadre,Sanjeev Kumar,in a decade-old textbook scam. Accused of taking Rs 2 lakh as bribe for awarding printing tenders at higher rates,Sanjeev has been booked under various Sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The scam had surfaced in 1999 in the District Primary Education Project (DPEP) of Haryana. Sanjeev,the then state project director of the Haryana Prathmik Shiksha Pariyojna Parishad (HPSPP),a registered society formed for implementation of the DPEP,allegedly approved tenders of printing and publishing books to three private agencies at rates much higher than the government rates. He remains suspended since the case came to light.
For a bribe of Rs 2 lakh,he handed out tenders worth Rs 98,15,895 to firms based in Delhi,Chandigarh and Panchkula,some of which did not even have a printing press,the CBI alleged.
Charges have also been framed against co-accused Tikhta Hussain Mustafa and the then store purchase officer Sushant Kumar Vaid.