CBI to probe Nalco lime purchase scam

The lime scam that led to the exit of Nalco’s CMD BL Bagra last week last week is now all set to be investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation

Written by Debabrata Mohanty | Bhubaneswar | Published:September 11, 2012 1:37 am

The lime scam that led to the exit of Nalco’s CMD BL Bagra last week last week is now all set to be investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Bagra,who is also director (finance) of the company,was removed from the charge of acting CMD on August 29 after the Union mines ministry did not renew his three-month contract following Nalco’s chief vigilance officer naming him as one of the accused in the Rs 15-crore lime scam.

On June 12 this year,Nalco Chief Vigilance Officer PK Mohanty in a report to the Ministry of Mines and Central Vigilance Commission had detailed Bagra’s involvement in the alleged lime scam in which the NIT (notice inviting tender) issued for procurement of lime were manipulated in order to favour certain suppliers.

CBI sources told The Indian Express that a preliminary enquiry report by the Bhubaneswar office has been submitted to the agency’s zonal office at Kolkata more than two weeks ago seeking permission to lodge an FIR against Bagra,director(projects and technicals) PK Padhy,former director(projects) AK Sharma,executive director (production) KS Shreedhara and three other senior employees.

The documents accessed by The Indian Express showed that in 2011,Bagra had accorded approval for procurement of 76,580 tonne of lime to Jodhpur-based Gotan Lime with a base price of Rs 3,750 per tonne.

The report said the Gotan Lime sold lime to JK Paper Ltd in Rayagada district of Orissa in March at 45.45 per cent lower than what it gave to Nalco causing a loss of Rs 15 crore in a single year.

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