CBI books two top NHAI officials, seizes Rs one cr

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 22:06

New Delhi: CBI on Tuesday claimed to have
recovered over Rs one crore in cash from a General Manager of
National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) after a case was
registered against him and his superior for allegedly
favouring a construction company for various contracts.

The CBI registered a case against NHAI Chief General
Manager S K Nirmal, General Manager Nitin Jain, Managing
Director of Oriental Structure Pvt Ltd K S Bakshi and one of
his employees S K Dikshit, the agency said.

After filing the FIR in a court, the CBI officials
carried out searches at eight places in the national capital
and Jaipur during which they claimed to have recovered Rs 48
lakh from Jain`s house and another Rs 52 lakh from his bank
locker besides 100 grams of gold.

The agency also recovered Rs 46 lakh from Nirmal`s house
besides 360 grams of gold and five kilograms of silver from
his locker, the CBI said.

A CBI spokesman claimed that the modus operandi of NHAI
officials was to eliminate all potential contenders on one
pretext or the other to favour a particular company ensuring
huge financial gains to it.

It has been alleged that NHAI officials entered into a
criminal conspiracy with the Managing Director of the private
firm and favoured his company in bagging contracts for a
project in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, the spokesman said.

The work included development, operation or maintenance
of four-laning of Nagpur-Betul Section of NH-69 in Maharashtra
under National Highways Development Project Phase-IV on
Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer basis through
public-private partnership.

NHAI had received 13 offers for the project out of which
four were rejected by the officials allegedly on frivolous
grounds at the qualification stage.

Four other companies were also eliminated from the next
stage of bidding by making stipulations pertaining to
submission of original documents in gross violation of the
conditions of the tender, the agency alleged.

It has also been alleged that the officers of NHAI gave
key confidential, strategic and vital information to the
company during the process of tender which in turn helped it
gain greater financial benefits.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 22:06

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