CBI books AIIMS official, private company in Rs 1 crore fraud

Last Updated: Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 00:03

New Delhi: CBI on Saturday carried out searches at the AIIMS in connection with alleged fraud of Rs 1 crore by its Deputy Chief Security officer in the tender for providing security services at the prestigious institute.

The agency has registered a case of alleged cheating, forgery and under relevant sections Prevention of Corruption Act against Deputy Chief Security Officer of AIIMS Rajiv Lochan and owner of Janakpuri-based Prehari Protection Services Kamaljit Singh, CBI sources said here .

The sources said the matter is of 2009-10 when Prehari Protection was allegedly favoured by Lochan in the tendering for providing security guards and installation of security equipment on the premises of the AIIMS.

They said Lochan allegedly connived with Singh in extending favours to his company resulting in loss of Rs one crore to the exchequer.

The sources said they have questioned Lochan and would soon call him for examination again in connection with the case. The agency during its searches collected documents related to the tender and other important records.

They said based on the information, agency carried out searches at four places including house and office of Lochan at AIIMS complex and at the official and residential premises of Singh in Janakpuri.

"During the searches, incriminating documents relating to the allegations in the FIR of the case have been recovered," CBI spokesperson said here today.

Despite repeated calls to the office of Prehari Protection Services, there was no response.

Lochan also did not respond to calls or messages seeking his reaction.

It is alleged that the company Prehari Protection Private Limited was favoured during the tendering process which began in 2008 and concluded in 2009, the sources said.

They said although the company was ineligible as per the norms set by AIIMS and while other competing companies were rejected, Prehari was given the contract till 2012 allegedly in violation of terms of and conditions.

The sources said excess payment was also allegedly made to the company.


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First Published: Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 20:16

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