Retd Transport dept official fourth to be arrested in CNG fitness certificate scam

The Anti-corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested a retired deputy commissioner of Transport department for “illegally providing profits to ESP India”,the company given the tender to carry out fitness tests on CNG buses by the Delhi government.

Written by Shalini Narayan | New Delhi | Published:May 14, 2013 12:58 am

The Anti-corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested a retired deputy commissioner of Transport department for “illegally providing profits to ESP India”,the company given the tender to carry out fitness tests on CNG buses by the Delhi government. ESP India was later found to be involved in the CNG fitness scam. This is the fourth arrest in the case.

The accused has been identified as M A Usmani (64). He has been charged with illegally providing profits to ESP India and facilitating its fraud,in which the company illegally sought double the fees from bus owners.

An ACB officer said Usmani retired from the Burari Transport Authority as deputy commissioner. “He facilitated ESP India to charge a fee for conducting the fitness test. According to the original contract,only two tests were to be conducted. However,the company conducted three tests and charged the bus drivers an amount which was double the fee to be sought. He was posted as the deputy commissioner but neither did he conduct an inquiry nor did he raise any issue,” the officer said.

Sources said Usmani had sought anticipatory bail but his plea was rejected on May 3.

On Monday afternoon,he surrendered before the Tis Hazari court and was arrested by the ACB,which reports to the Delhi government. He has been sent to police custody for two days.

In his statement,Usmani said,he was inducted in the Delhi government in 1982 as an Urdu language officer. In 1993,he was inducted in the DANICS cadre. From January 2007 to December 31,2009,he was posted in the VIU unit of the Burari transport authority as a deputy commissioner. In his affidavit,Usmani said he was appointed by the then Transport Minister Haroon Yusuf. However,another minister had raised objections to his appointment,saying he had no technical expertise.

Usmani reportedly named several ministers in the incumbent government and claimed that it was due to their pressure that he signed papers to facilitate the scam. The original contract,sources said,was to be given to ESP Corp USA. But it was awarded to ESP India.

ACB had arrested PC Tamta and Nitin Manavat,both from ESP India,and the previous deputy commissioner Joginder Sharma.

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