The CBI has registered a case against Anant Singh, a Janata Dal (United) MLA from Bihar’s Mokama constituency, Patna-based Raj Nandini Projects Private Limited and unknown officials of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)’s Super Thermal Power Project in Barh, Bihar.
According to the CBI, following allegations of large-scale irregularities in award of contracts at the NTPC plant at Barh, they had conducted a joint surprise check along with NTPC’s vigilance wing.
“It was revealed that a local group, headed by the MLA, allegedly indulged in cartelisation and ring formation in award of contracts in the plant and did not allow outside parties to participate in the tender process,” said a CBI official.
Searches were conducted on Saturday at the firm’s office and Singh’s Patna residence. Incriminating documents recovered during searches are being scrutinised, the CBI said.
On July 2, CBI and NTPC’s vigilance officials had conducted a joint surprise check at the Barh plant in connection with allegations that contracts were being awarded at more than twice the estimated costs.
According to the CBI, the same set of firms was found to be bagging most contracts. The role of NTPC officials, local contractors and influential persons was suspected, the CBI had then said.