EIL engineer was helping CBI probe fake papers for two oil projects

Injuries on body of Shashank Yadav,murder FIR lodged

Written by Dipankar Ghose | New Delhi | Published:March 15, 2013 1:50 am

A day after 28-year-old Shashank Yadav,who worked for Engineers India Limited,was found hanging in a washroom of the Noida stadium,police filed an FIR for murder saying there were injuries on his body,and “other aspects of investigation” too suggested murder.

The Indian Express has learnt that Shashank was assisting a CBI inquiry into an alleged fake certificate which was submitted to help a Turkish company bag two projects valued at over Rs 2,000 crore.

The murder FIR was registered after Shashank’s father Vinod Kumar Yadav complained to the police that his son had been receiving threats from retired EIL employees. “My son told me earlier that the company under the scanner had members who were ex-EIL officials… He had received threats over phone as well,” Yadav said in his complaint.

“Shashank was meeting CBI officials… constantly giving the CBI information. On March 13,he was to give the CBI a written statement. He had a bag with him at the time of the murder,and it seems some files in it were torn,” his father said.

Shashank was one of eight EIL employees helping the CBI probe the qualification of Fernas Construction India Pvt Ltd,a unit of Turkey’s Fernas Construction Company,on suspicion that it had submitted a fake job completion certificate from Qatar Petroleum.

After qualification,Fernas won a Rs 300-crore project of Indian Oil Corp for laying pipelines in the South Jetty Pipeline

Project at Paradip refinery and a Rs 1,900-crore project of ONGC Petro-additions Ltd for building integrated utilities and offsite package at the Dahej petrochemical complex.

EIL,the project management consultant for ONGC Petro-additions Ltd and EPC (engineering,procurement and construction) contractor in the South Jetty Pipeline Project,later approached the Petroleum Ministry for a CBI inquiry saying the completion certificate submitted by Fernas was alleged to be forged.

Once the ministry approved the inquiry,EIL lodged a formal complaint with the CBI on January 9. The economic offences wing of CBI searched the Fernas office a week later and came across documents of other bidders which had been submitted to EIL. The agency then approached EIL on January 23 to check the papers.

Sources said Shashank,a senior engineer in the contracts and purchase department,was under pressure because of the inquiry. A mechanical engineer,he was was found hanging in the women’s washroom at the Noida Stadium in Sector 21-A.

No suicide note was found from the site but a bag with several EIL documents related to the inquiry,a cable wire and a knife were found. His hands had deep cuts,the sources said.

A police officer said it “looked like murder made to look like suicide”. Though the post-mortem report states that the cause of death is “hanging”,the officer said that other aspects of the report show assault,and prime facie the case seems to be one of murder.

“The post mortem report says that hanging is the cause of death,but additionally there were injuries across his body. Other aspects of the investigation also indicate murder. We are looking into possible motives,and investigations are in progress. The body has been handed to the family and they have taken it to their home in Kanpur for the cremation,” the officer said.

When the CBI’s comments were sought,spokesperson Dharini Mishra said: “Shashank Yadav was helping CBI in a case related to an alleged fraud in which a fake job completion certificate was submitted. The complaint was made by EIL after which CBI filed a case two months ago. Yadav was designated as nodal officer by EIL to help the CBI. He was never called to the CBI office and was only assisting the probe. During his interaction with CBI officials,Yadav never expressed any fears.”

— (with Rahul Tripathi,New Delhi)

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