The CBI Thursday conducted searches at 12 locations in Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad in connection with its case against Uttar Pradesh chief engineer Yadav Singh.
The agency, which is investigating a case of corruption against Singh for arbitrarily awarding contracts related to Noida, Greater Noida and the Yamuna Expressway Authority, seized files, documents, laptops, iPads and computers from these locations.
Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered two ECIRs (equivalent to an FIR) against Singh under sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The ED cases have been registered on the basis of the FIR filed by the CBI. “Two cases have been registered under PMLA against Singh for amassing wealth through alleged illegal means,” an ED official said.
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Among the locations raided by the CBI are two premises associated with NKG Infrastructure, three premises of Anand Buildtech, two of Tirupati Constructions and eight of JSP Constructions. The agency also searched the offices of Gold Link Hospitality, Noida, a hotel which is a joint venture between NKG Infrastructure and Anand Buildtech. All these companies were allegedly involved in the project works awarded by Singh.
Sources said the office and residence of Pradeep Garg (director in NKG Infrastructure), Devendra Kumar Gangwal, Vipin Garg and Vikas Gupta (all directors in Anand Buildtech), V K Goyal (director, Tirupati Construction) and Sanjay Jain (JSP Construction) were searched. The sources added that except for Gangwal, all others belong to the same extended family.
ED sources said the agency was ascertaining Singh’s movable and immovable assets in Uttar Pradesh and other states for attachment under the PMLA, and he would be questioned soon.
The agency, sources said, was also in touch with the Income Tax department for information, as tax sleuths were the first to act against him by raiding his properties in UP last year.
A scrutiny of income tax records and other documents, CBI had said, allegedly revealed that during the period of 2009-2014, the total likely savings of the family of the then Chief Engineer was Rs 1.70 crore (approx) whereas they were in possession of immovable property worth Rs 3.60 crore (approx). “Besides, an amount of Rs 10 crore (approx) was allegedly recovered from one of his associates, which also reportedly belonged to Singh,” CBI had said.
The probe agency has registered a case against Singh on the allegations of passing engineering works between December 14, 2011 and December 23, 2011, in which agreement bonds for Rs 954.38 crore (approx) were executed by the Engineering Department of Noida (UP).
The CBI took over the probe against Singh in compliance with the orders dated July 16, 2015 of the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court on the plea of activist Nutan Thakur.
Earlier, the UP police had registered an FIR against him.