A special CBI court on Monday convicted four municipal corporation officials and two directors of a private company in the Commonwealth Games street-lighting scam case. This the first conviction in the case, which is being probed by the CBI.
The four MCD officials are former superintendent engineer D K Sugan, executive engineer O P Mahala, accountant Raju V and tender clerk Gurcharan Singh. Director of Sweka Power Tech Engineers Pvt Ltd J P Singh and managing director T P Singh have also been convicted.
The convicts were accused of charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery for purpose of cheating and were also charged under sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Special Judge Brijesh Garg will now hear the arguments on quantum on sentencing on Tuesday. All the convicts were taken into custody after the order was pronounced.
The case was registered against the accused by the CBI on June 16, 2010.
A tender was floated by the corporation for a stretch of 101.56 km of roads, whose contract was bagged by Sweka Engineering – a Rajouri Garden-based firm – in 2008.
The CBI had alleged that the corporation officials entered into a conspiracy while awarding the tender regarding upgradation of street-lighting on roads that come under the corporations’ jurisdiction, to the private firm. The CBI alleged that this caused undue pecuniary loss of Rs 3.62 crore to the government and corresponding undue monetary advantage to the private firm.
The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) had examined the first phase of upgradation of street lighting and found irregularities in the tendering process. Acting on the direction of the CVC, the CBI had registered the case against the convicts.
The present case was the second chargesheet filed by the CBI in CWG scam. It had named 18 prosecution witnesses and cited 32 documents along with the chargesheet. The trial court had framed charges against the accused on March 12, 2012.
Three of the corporation officials were earlier granted bail in May 2012. The accused persons were in judicial custody for nearly a year in the case.