THE THANE Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Monday registered an FIR against six persons on charges of criminal misconduct while handing out contracts for construction of a dam on the Kalu river in the Murbad area of Thane district.
The FIR registered with Kopri police station named former officials of the Konkan Irrigation Development Corporation (KIDC) and a private contractor as accused persons.
The Kalu irrigation project was one of the 13 projects that the state government had asked the ACB to probe in January 2015. This was following a PIL filed by some leaders and activists of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). As part of the probe, in August last year as well, the ACB had registered an FIR in connection with irregularities of Rs 93 crore in execution of a dam project on Balganga river.
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An officer from Thane ACB said in 2009, a decision was taken to construct a dam on Kalu river in Murbad. It was shown that during the tendering process, four contractors had participated. It was further maintained that after the bidding process, FA Enterprises was awarded the contract. To show it was a competitive process by which contracts were awarded, Nisar Khatri of FA Enterprises along with his partner showed that other companies also participated in the bidding, an officer said. He added, “For that, they carried out illegalities like creating forged papers just to give a semblance that others participated too.”
The officer added that even as these fake documents were being submitted, the government employees at the KIDC did not pay heed to it. While this resulted in profits to FA Enterprises, it led to losses to the state exchequer.
Following this, the ACB also named former government employees Girish Babar, Babasahib Patil, Satish Wadgave, Jaywant Kasar and Haridas Tonpe, most of whom are retired.