The CBI on Wednesday registered a fresh case of alleged irregularities in laying down of synthetic tracks in five stadia for the 2010 Commonwealth Games,and carried out searches at 20 locations.
The agency has named senior officials of CPWD,DDA and a private sports merchandise manufacturer in the case. The CBI,which is probing into alleged irregularities in the 2010 CWG,has so far registered 15 FIRs.
In the present case,the agency has named V K Gupta (the then Chief Executive Engineer and present ADG CPWD Delhi),N L Singh (the then Chief Executive Engineer who is now with CPWD Eastern Region Kolkata),A K Pandit (the then Senior Engineer PWD and present Chief Engineer DDA),B B Bhatia (the then Chief Executive Engineer of Delhi who is now ADG Eastern Region Kolkata),Suraja Ram (Executive Engineer CPWD Delhi),Janeshwar Tyagi (retd),Ombeer Saini (Senior Engineer,Siliguri) and Shiv Pratap Singh (owner of Shiv Naresh Sports Pvt Limited).
In its FIR,the CBI alleged that these officers allegedly colluded with the owner of Shiv Naresh Sports Pvt Limited to grab the contract worth Rs 60.37 crore. In furtherance of the criminal conspiracy,the private firm quoted exorbitant rates which were wrongfully justified by the accused officials of CPWD and DDA. The allegations also include undue favour to the firm by circumventing the eligibility criteria in the award of contract, said a CBI spokesperson. This resulted in a loss of Rs 30 crore to the exchequer.
The agency carried out searches across 20 places in NCR,Delhi,Lucknow,West Bengal and other places. In Kolkata,a special team of CBI officials raided the office of the chief executive engineer of CPWD,N L Singh and the office ADG,CPWD B B Bhatia.
A senior CBI official said nobody was arrested in this connection,but several documents were seized from the offices. Another CBI team carried out searches at locations in Siliguri in West Bengal as well. The laying of synthetic turf was carried out at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium,Thyagraj Stadium and Delhi University Stadium.