TWO DAYS after the arrest of 10 auditors employed with the third-party audit agencies under cloud in the road repair scam, the Mumbai Police Special Investigation Team (SIT) made four more arrests on June 18 and 19. The accused were produced in court on Sunday and have been remanded in police custody until June 21.
The SIT was set up last month to probe the alleged scam in road repair works unearthed by the civic body.
Six contractors were named in the FIR registered by the Azad Maidan police. They are RPS Infraprojects, K R Construction, Jay Kumar, Relcon Infraprojects, RK Madhani and Mahavir Infrastructure.
The SIT officers have arrested Sanjay Dinanath Singh (37) who was working with Jay Kumar-K R Construction; Sunil Bapusaheb Chavan (28) with Relcon-R K Madhani; Sandip Ashok Jadhav (37) with R P S-K R Construction; and Santhanavel Velmani (23) with R K Madhani.
The accused have been charged under sections 420 (cheating), 197 (producing false documents) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.
A senior police officer stated that two accused were arrested on Saturday night and two more on Sunday morning. “Two of them are site engineers who were working with the contractors named in the investigation and the other two are semi-contractors. We are yet to determine their exact role in the scam and more arrests are likely to be made,” the officer said.
In the first round of the inquiry conducted on 34 roads, the report had found an average of 53 per cent irregularities in the works. A second round of inquiry on more than 200 roads is in process.
An FIR in the scam was registered in April by the Azad Maidan police stations under sections 120 (A) (criminal conspiracy), 197 (producing false documents) and 420 (cheating) of the IPC on the basis of a complaint submitted by the Chief Engineer (Roads) Manohar Pawar.