The Thane Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Monday filed a 30,000-page chargesheet against 10 persons allegedly involved in the irregularities that took place during the construction of the Balganga dam in Raigad.
The Balganga project was one of the 13 projects that the Maharashtra government had asked the ACB to probe in January 2015 in response to a PIL filed in the Bombay High Court against alleged corruption in several irrigation projects. Senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and the then water resources minister Ajit Pawar, who was questioned by the ACB in connection with the case, has not been named in this chargesheet.
A senior ACB official said, “Based on the evidence, the chargesheet has been filed against 10 accused persons.” He added, “The probe is, however, not complete, and, this is the first chargesheet in the case. As and when we find evidence against any other persons, their name will be added in a supplementary chargesheet at a later date.”
On August 25 last year, the ACB registered an FIR against 10 accused under the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly causing a loss of Rs 92 crore to the government through misconduct in connection with the construction of a dam over Balganga river in Raigad.
Six of the accused are government servants posted with the Konkan Irrigation Development Corporation (KIDC) at the time, while four are partners in the FA Enterprises, the company that got the contract.
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