DURING THE SP feud, Shivpal Yadav has alleged close links between Gopal Yadav and Yadav Singh, the suspended engineer arrested for corruption. The CBI is investigating various links Yadav Singh is suspected to have developed during his 35-year career as a government engineer. It has filed a chargesheet against Yadav Singh, his wife Kususm Lata and six of his subordinates in various UP authorities apart from three firms and their representatives.
A September 2015 investigation by The Indian Express showed that according to the Registrar of Companies, Ram Gopal’s son Akshay had taken 9,995 shares of a Delhi-registered company from an associate of Singh and a former business partner of the latter’s wife on September 11, 2013, months after the SP government had reinstated Singh after his suspension in June 2012.
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The ED has also registered two cases against Yadav Singh and others. The cases are based on CBI FIRs.
The CBI’s chargesheet filed in March this year says Yadav Singh, chief engineer of Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Express-way authorities, had in December 2011 taken bribes to grant contracts worth Rs.92.02 crore for underground electrical cables to three firms —JSP Constructions, NKG Infrastructure and Tirupati Constructions. The agency is probing the allotment of 1,280 projects worth Rs 959 crore and other alleged instances of corruption.
The chargesheet says tenders for cabling work were opened in March 2011 and awarded to JSP Constructions (Rs.21.99 crore) and Tirupati Constructions (Rs 25.53 crore). However, well before the contracts were awarded to them in December 2011, the firms had completed 60 per cent of the work.
After the chargesheet, which also names then Noida project engineer Ramendra Singh, assistant project engineers Deviram Arya and Jaipal Singh, junior engineers Rajeev Kumar, R.D. Sharma and Ompal Singh, Tirupati Constructions’ managing partner V K Goyal, JSP Constructions’ partner Pankaj Jain and NKG Infrastructure managing director Pradeep Garg, non-bailable warrants have been issued against six accused of whom two, including Yadav Singh’s wife Kusum Lata, are still absconding. The other four are in jail, besidesYadav Singh and Ramendra.
Accused of having been promoted out of turn several times in his career though he had no formal engineering degree, Yadav Singh first faced a state inquiry in connection with the case in 2012. This was for allegedly signing agreement bonds for maintenance works worth Rs 954.38 crore in eight days in 2011. An FIR was filed and CB-CID began investigations. However, the inquiry was closed by the government and CB-CID filed a report that it had no evidence.
In November 2014, Income Tax raided the home of his wife and found jewellery worth Rs 78 lakh and seized about 2 kg of “unexplained” gold jewellery worth Rs 53.40 lakh. Ten days later, the SP government suspended Singh and set up a departmental inquiry into “the alleged companies with his family members as shareholders”. When Allahabad HC ordered a CBI inquiry in 2015, the government went to the Supreme Court against the order but was not entertained.