Raj Govt initiates inquiry into engineers`s role

Last Updated: Saturday, December 18, 2010 - 21:01

Jaipur: Rajasthan government has initiated
an inquiry into the role of a few engineers of Jaipur
Development Authority (JDA) and Kota Urban Improvement Trust
(UIT) in pressurising a contractor to bribe them for clearing
bills.

Debt-ridden Ajay Gupta, a New Delhi-based contractor, had
allegedly committed suicide a few days back to claim an
insurance of Rs 10 crore to save his family from financial
misery.

"The government has appointed a two-member committee to
probe the allegation and put JDA`s Director Engineer S K
Pancholi, Superintendent Engineer J P Singhal, UIT`s
Superintendent Engineer C P Vijayvargiya and Assistant
Engineer J P Sharma under Awaiting Posting Orders (APO)
status," an official said.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau has also started preliminary
investigation into the matter, he said.

"It came to light that Gupta, who carried out several
construction works in Rajasthan, was in pressure because few
engineers were allegedly demanding bribe to pass his bills
(amounting over 5 crore). He was later found dead in Delhi,"
the official said.

The committee will submit its report within 15 days and
the ACB has also been informed about the same.

The businessman had approached the ACB with complaints of
the engineers and submitted a video CD in which an engineer of
Kota UIT is seen demanding bribe from him, sources said.

"We have registered preliminary investigation and the
enquiry has begun," IG ACB Umesh Mishra said.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, December 18, 2010 - 21:01

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