Wednesday, May 26, 2010

India Corruption Inc: IAS Officers steal the show

2 NHAI officials charged with graft
TNN, May 26, 2010, 01.51am IST
NEW DELHI: At a time when awarding of national highway projects is back on track, corruption charges against two top NHAI officials has come as a big blow to the authority's claim of following transparent norms in the bidding process.

On Tuesday, CBI registered a case of criminal conspiracy and corruption against two senior NHAI officials — a chief general manager and a general manager. The agency also slapped similar charges on two senior executives of a Delhi-based road construction company.

The CBI raids on Tuesday came only a few days after the ministry managed to convince a construction major to withdraw cases against NHAI in Delhi High Court, in which it had alleged that the authority had rejected its bids on frivolous grounds in four cases. The next date of hearing in this case was June 26. The CBI said the modus operandi of NHAI officials was to eliminate all potential contenders on one pretext or the other and favour the accused company ensuring huge financial gains to it.

Sources said the two NHAI officials — S K Nirmal and Nitin Jain — conspired with the managing director of Oriental Structural Engineers Pvt Ltd, K S Bakshi, and another senior executive S K Dixit and awarded the contract of four-laning of Nagpur-Betul section of NH-69. Sources said the investigation could even involve a top-ranking NHAI official, who could be the mentor of the two accused.

The 120-km stretch falls in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Investigators said NHAI had received 13 bids for this project of which four were rejected by officials on 'frivolous grounds' at the qualification stage. Four more bidders were eliminated in the next stage of bidding by making stipulations pertaining to submission of original documents in gross violation of the conditions of the tender.
2 NHAI officials charged with graft

Multi Crore Poultry Feed Scam
Correspondent CUTTACK: The State police anti-corruption wing on Tuesday registered corruption and criminal cases against senior IAS officer Bishnupada Sethy and another official for their alleged involvement in multi-crore poultry feed scam. Besides the officials, cases have also been registered against three prominent poultry farms of the State and raids are also being conducted in these farms on...
IAS Officer Arrested in Cuttack

Airhostess has Rs4.99-crore assets: CBI
Aditya Kaul / DNA Wednesday, May 12, 2010 1:20 IST
New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has unearthed a substantial amount of wealth, including Rs67.5 lakh and foreign currency of various countries from the bank lockers being operated by Indian Airlines air hostess Anu Puri
Ms Anu in IAS Officer Ravi's honey trap: click for full details

IAS officer arrested after ACB raid
PTI, May 4, 2010, 07.37pm IST
HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Tuesday arrested an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer after it claimed to have unearthed assets worth over Rs 20 crore that were disproportionate to his known sources of income. The Central Investigation Unit of the ACB raided the residence of M Jaganmohan, a 1999-batch IAS officer currently posted as Joint Collector of Ranga Reddy district, and claimed to have seized three kilograms of gold, Rs 15 lakh in cash and many property documents.
IAS Officer arrested after ACB raid: click here for more details

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