A senior IPS officer in the Karnataka police has accused three of his junior IPS officers of flouting norms while allotting various police infrastructure projects to private contractors during their respective stints with the Karnataka Police Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (KSPH&IDCL)
In a complaint to the Karnataka Lokayukta, Susant Mahapatra — a Director General of Police and the current chairman of the KSPH&IDCL — has alleged corruption in the handing of contracts for police infrastructure.
DGP Mahapatra has alleged that current Bangalore Police Commissioner M N Reddi, Karnataka State Reserve Police chief Praveen Sood, both ADGP rank officers, and the Managing Director of the Police Infrastructure Corporation, Seemant Kumar Singh — an IGP rank officer — had violated norms under the Karnataka Transparency in Public Procurements Act while awarding contracts.
In a complaint to Upa-Lokayukta Justice Subhash B Adi, filed on Monday, Mahapatra has alleged that Reddi as the MD of KSPH&IDCL in 2012 approved costly projects without powers to do so. “In the 139th meeting of Board of Directors of the KSPH&IDCL held in May 2012, Reddi has given approval for packages which are beyond his permissible limits. He had the power only to sanction projects worth less than Rs 5 crore. But, Reddi has permitted packages for more than Rs 50 crore which, in fact, requires government approval,” Mahapatra has alleged.
“This has been done to eliminate small players and big players have bagged the tenders. Moreover, he has allotted a tender to Pearl Constructions, which is blacklisted by the CBI, and is on the CBI radar in a Rs 2,025 crore scam. Also, an Indian settled in Australia was offered the tenders, which is not permitted,” Mahapatra alleged.
According to the officer’s complaint, IPS officers Praveen Sood and Seemant Kumar Singh were equally responsible for the irregularities since they were also posted to the KSPH&IDCL
The Upa-Lokayukta Justice Subhash B Adi told reporters that he had received Mahapatra’s complaint, but had sought more documents to register a case.
Bangalore Police Commissioner M N Reddi rejected the allegations and said that he had not done anything illegal during his tenure in the KSPH&IDCL.