Digvijaya Singh alleges corruption in Rs 10,050-cr Kashmir tunnel contract, wants Gadkari sacked

Nitin Gadkari rubbished the charges of corruption and said Singh's allegations were "completely false" as the Ministry followed a transparent e-tender system.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: January 11, 2016 9:23 pm
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Congress today demanded the immediate sacking of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari alleging that the awarding of the Rs 10,050 crore Zozila pass tunnel contract to IRB Infrastructure Developers Ltd was a “clear case of corruption at the highest level”.

Party General Secretary Digvijay Singh told reporters at party headquarters that Gadkari, heading the Road Transport and Highways Ministry, has allegedly violated the CVC guidelines while awarding the contract.

However, Gadkari rubbished the charges of corruption and said Singh’s allegations were “completely false” as the
Ministry followed a transparent e-tender system. He also denied that his son was a director in IRB Infrastructure

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Singh claimed that what was strange and unheard of is that the IRB was the sole bidder for the massive project in Jammu and Kashmir. He said government should have gone in for the Swiss challenge method.

Swiss challenge is a form of public procurement which requires a public authority that has received an unsolicited bid for a public project (such as a port, road or railway) or services to be provided to government, to publish the bid and invite third parties to match or exceed it.

Singh alleged that Gadkari had business dealings with Dattatreya Mhaiskar, head of IRB, which had shares in the controversial Purti group floated by the Minister. He claimed Gadkari’s son Nikhil was director for some years in a subsidiary of IRB.

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  1. S
    Jan 11, 2016 at 5:55 pm
    Mr. Singh : The tunnel will take 7 years to complete, besides being an engg. milestone/marvel. Practise discretion and allow the project to proceed, and you may get an opportunity to get it inaugurated by your party president (whoever that may be). Everybody wins ...
    1. U
      US NRI
      Jan 11, 2016 at 9:06 pm
      after gadkari and jaitlee its parrikar. don't be surprised if someone tried to find more BJP ministers. congress is in shambles and can't wait to come back to loot India again
      1. T
        Jan 11, 2016 at 6:33 pm
        Nitin escaped in Maharashtra irrigation scam worth about Rs 70,000/- crores where Ajit was suspected because Congress at Centre was inefficient just like in other departments
        1. S
          Jan 11, 2016 at 8:03 pm
          BJP AND CONGRESS are two side of SAME coin BOTH ARE CORRUPT
          1. a
            Jan 11, 2016 at 3:32 pm
            Dogvijay is a national shame. Donot listen o him. He is best in licking of ganhi family.
            1. A
              Anand Prakash
              Jan 12, 2016 at 8:28 am
              The BJP will deny that there has been any irregularity and Gadkari will carry on just like Sushma, Raje and Shivraj Chauhan.
              1. S
                Jan 11, 2016 at 5:19 pm
                The anti-Hindu Congress "comedy" is getting a new dimension. First; let this man ask the President of India to step down, because he as member of the anti-Hindu Congress was instrumental in signing a treaty with Switzerland, harming the interest of the Nation concerning the black-money. He also can ask the president of his party, owing billions of black-money , to step down too.
                1. R
                  Jan 12, 2016 at 10:14 am
                  Dogvjiay has spent too much time sniffing Sonia Madam's tunnel.
                  1. R
                    Jan 12, 2016 at 10:13 am
                    Yes, Digvijay is corrupt . So why should we beleive him?
                    1. D
                      Deepak Singh
                      Jan 12, 2016 at 3:52 am
                      RSS/BJP Chaddi have no shame so they start calling names when their corruption is caught.
                      1. d
                        Jan 11, 2016 at 4:10 pm
                        The Italian mata of these street dogs does not want India to prosper. What else to expect from these shameless muslindu barking dogs.
                        1. I
                          Jan 11, 2016 at 7:45 pm
                          Let He Who Is Without Sin Cast The First Stone, certainly not the representative of the fountainhead of corruption!
                          1. G
                            George Cruz
                            Jan 11, 2016 at 5:01 pm
                            Digvijay Singh is a pervert, corrupt/incompetent congress party leader, and can't be relied upon. Also this could be the new strategy to defame the por/progressive BJP planned by the illiterate Rahul hi during his recent foreign trip to Britain along with the stan ISI moles. India wouldn't make any progress until these illiterate congress party leaders are defeated once for all.
                            1. T
                              Jan 11, 2016 at 4:17 pm
                              If Congress has some evidence, it should approach the courts and file a case like in 2G. The investigation should be handled by an independent agency.
                              1. K
                                kris kumar
                                Jan 11, 2016 at 7:01 pm
                                Mad dog Diggy is back in the news after marrying a young news reader from NDTV. Diggy job is to bark and inflame. Diggy has been the master of distortion of facts and lies but a very good protector of Italian barmaid and Congress corrupt practices and slams. Diggy is the most sympathetic of Muslim terrorists and will be happy to see Indian soldiers and police force killed by terrorists. Diggy has no shame and all corrupt Congressi will do anything to derail any progress PM Modi/NDA wish to pursue.
                                1. M
                                  Man with
                                  Jan 11, 2016 at 3:36 pm
                                  After Intolerance fiasco.... Don't be surprised if Scamgress goes on rampant allegation spree ....since it doesn't have any solid issue against Government.
                                  1. M
                                    Jan 11, 2016 at 7:20 pm
                                    whats new with Gadkari ???
                                    1. N
                                      Jan 11, 2016 at 11:33 pm
                                      There goes another session of the Parliament.
                                      1. R
                                        Rajiv Pande
                                        Jan 11, 2016 at 11:16 pm
                                        Digvijai Singh related stories should be placed under Entertainment, not News.
                                        1. I
                                          Jan 12, 2016 at 5:01 am
                                          Digvijay may be making new set of allegation to spoil parliament proceeding. His boss came back from Europe tour so he may be instructed his employees need something to be in news.
                                          1. P
                                            Jan 11, 2016 at 10:20 pm
                                            The arrogant, non-secular, dangerous, the most communal and terrorist-friendly political outfit in this country is none other than a bunch of cheats calling themselves 'Congress', who had stolen the names of "INC", "hi" and tri-colour of our national flag. These thieves have different rules for different sections of our people, just for the sake of staying in their fraudulently occupied seats by gathering illegitimate votes from innocents those include minorities, youths, farmers and less educated m. This bunch of mafias should be removed once for all by the people to enjoy true secularism and independence and true economic growth of this nation. Certainly so-called congress s a sham. We meed corrupt congress-free India.
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