TDP demands probe in contract for high-security number plates

TDP`s N Chandrababu Naidu demanded Andhra Pradesh government to order probe into corruption in awarding high-security number plates contract and stop installation process till investigation is over.

PTI| Updated: Dec 28, 2013, 00:22 AM IST

Hyderabad: TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday demanded the Andhra Pradesh government to order a probe into the alleged corruption in awarding high-security number plates contract and stop the installation process till the investigation is over.

In a letter to Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, Chandrababu also said that the high-security number plates, proposed to be installed in a phased manner by 2015, would impose an additional financial burden of Rs 608 crore on the vehicle-users in the state.

"There are allegations of corruption and irregularities in finalising the agencies for supply of high-security number plates. The comments of the then Managing Director of AP State Road Transport Corporation and also a note by the then Chief Secretary of the state were not taken into cognisance before awarding the contract to a controversial consortium led by Utsav Safety Systems and Link Point Infrastructure," he wrote in the letter.

While the same consortium supplied high-security number plates for Rs 68.91 in New Delhi and Rs 60.60 in Haryana, it would be charging Rs 208 (excluding taxes) for two-wheeler in Andhra Pradesh. Similarly high rates would be charged for other vehicles as well, the Telugu Desam Party chief said.

"Thus, the extra financial burden on vehicle-users will be to the order of Rs 608 crore. It is a clear case of misuse of authority with ulterior motives and corruption."

The entire transaction be probed by Anti-Corruption Bureau or Vigilance and Enforcement Department, he said.