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CBI told to probe tubewell ‘scam’ again

PTI  New Delhi, August 27, 2013
First Published: 01:32 IST(27/8/2013) | Last Updated: 01:34 IST(27/8/2013)

Rejecting its closure report, a Delhi court has directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to reinvestigate alleged corruption in installation of tubewell pipes involving six Delhi Jal Board officials.

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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 that were five to six times costlier than the ones actually used.

Special CBI Judge Manoj Jain ordered the re-probe and rejected the CBI’s closure report that said that no case was made out against the six public servants and a contractor for want of sufficient evidence. The CBI said 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 submitted 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.


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