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ACB books six govt servants, private contractor in irrigation scam

The contract to build a dam over the Balganga river in Raigad, allegedly caused a loss of over Rs 92 crore to the state government.

Written by Gautam S Mengle | Mumbai | Updated: August 25, 2015 1:11:00 pm

The Maharashtra Anti Corruption Bureau on Tuesday registered a case against six employees with the Water Resources department as well as a private contractor for alleged misconduct in awarding the contract to build a dam over the Balganga river in Raigad, allegedly causing a loss of over Rs 92 crore to the state government.

The issue of the dam and awarding of the contract to F A Enterprises has been surrounded by controversy for several months now, and in December 2014, the ACB had initiated an open inquiry into the matter.

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“During the inquiry, we found that four companies had bid for the contract, including FA Enterprises, which got the contract. However, one of the other three companies, R N Nayak and sons, was actually floated by FA Enterprises,” said an ACB officer.

The officer added that the government servants booked in the case connived to facilitate awarding of the contract to FA Enterprises, making false entries in the documents to show that the company had the requisite permissions and clearances.

“FA Enterprises at the time already had six contracts of various construction jobs for government departments. This, in itself, made it ineligible for the contract,” the officer said.

The loss to the government caused by the scam, as per the ACB’s evaluators, comes up to Rs 92,63, 42,110, said officials.

Based on the findings of its investigations, the ACB on Tuesday booked Fateh Mohammed Khatri, Nisar Khatri, Jaitun Khatri, Abid Khatri and Jahid Khatri of the FA Enterprises, as well as Girish Babar, Balasaheb Patil, Ramachandra Shinde, Anand Kalukhe, Rajesh Rithe and Vijay Kasat, who were with the Konkan Irrigation Development Corporation at the time.

All the accused have been booked for cheating and forgery under the Indian Penal Code and for graft and misconduct under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

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