CBI told to re-probe illegalities in tubewell pipe installation

Last Updated: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 17:34

New Delhi: A Delhi court has directed CBI to reinvestigate alleged corruption in installation of tubewell pipes involving six Delhi Jal Board officials, while rejecting its closure report that no case was made out.

The DJB officials were accused of conspiring with the contractor, who submitted false bills, to record false entries in the measurement books showing installation of pipes which were five to six times costlier than the ones actually used.

Special CBI Judge Manoj Jain ordered the re-probe rejecting CBI`s closure report which said that no case was made out against the six public servants and a contractor for want of sufficient evidence as it was not possible to assess whether there was any pipe of the requisite brand or not after a particular depth.

The case pertains to an FIR concerning five works related to "re-boring of tubewells" at Satya Niketan, Inder Puri, R K Puram, Anand Niketan and Vasant Vihar.

While the contractor was required to install pipes of a particular company, he in connivance with DJB officials installed pipes of an ordinary brand and raised bills for the costlier brand.

The FIR was registered by CBI on the basis of information received from a source in September 2011 against officials of southwest division of DJB -- P K Jain, N K Khare, Shiv Hari, Birendra Singh, R B Sharma and Ashok Pal Panwar and a private contractor M/s R B Sales (India).

CBI in its closure report said it took assistance of National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), Hyderabad in order to assess whether the re-boring was done up to the level as claimed by the contractor and whether pipes of requisite make/brand were installed or not.

It said it was not possible to find out whether any pipe
was used and its brand, after a particular depth.

"CBI wants to claim that no case was made out as no probe could be conducted after a particular depth and, therefore, it was not possible to assess whether there was any pipe (of the requisite brand) or not-after that particular depth," the court remarked.

After perusing the report of NGRI given by scientist D Venkat Reddy, the court said the experts have nowhere claimed that it was not possible to conduct any probe deeper than a particular depth.

"I have also seen the statement of Y B Kaushik who assisted Dr Reddy but his statement also does not give any such picture which CBI wants the court to believe.

"In view of aforesaid, CBI is directed to re-investigate the matter and obtain proper, clear and certain opinion from NGRI Expert and to submit a supplementary report along with relevant Measurement Books and video footage of all five tube wells in question," the court ordered.


First Published: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 17:34

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