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 ...
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      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.
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              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.
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