After the arrest of ten auditors of private firms in the Rs 350 crore Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) road scam recently, four more persons have been arrested in this connection, police said on Sunday.
The arrests were made by the sleuths of Azad Maidan police station on Saturday. The four accused have been identified as Sanjay Dinanath Singh (37) of J Kumar-KR Construction (JV), Sunil Bapusaheb Chavan (28) of Relcon-RK Madhani (JV), Sandip Ashok Jadhav of RPS- KR Constructions (JV) and Santhanavel Velmani (23) of RK Madhani & Co, a senior police officer.
“With the arrest of these four persons, who are contractors and site engineers, the total number of people who have been held in the road scam, has gone up to 14,” police said.
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Last year, Mumbai Mayor Snehal Ambekar had written to BMC chief Ajoy Mehta complaining about the poor quality of newly-constructed roads in the city, police said.
A case had been lodged in this regard at Azad Maidan police station on April 27, after the BMC’s internal inquiry revealed that more than two dozen roads in the city were of poor quality, police said.
A Special Investigating Team (SIT) was formed under the leadership of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP, Colaba Division) Rajendra Chavan to probe the case. According to the police, the ten accused, arrested recently, were employees of two private engineering audit firms, who were appointed by the BMC to inspect the road works by contractors.
The investigators had found that the ten arrested accused were hand in glove with the contractors concerned in the roads scam, said police.