The central bureau of investigation (CBI) on Saturday seized several incriminating documents raiding six premises spread across two states in connection with a corruption case in the state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL)’s Madhya Pradesh circle.
Six teams of the premier investigation agency raided an office and the residence of general manager (telecom project) CL Yadav at Jalandhar in Punjab and Bhopal respectively.
They also conducted searches at business and residential premises of two officers of a private pipes and products company in Burhanpur district of Madhya Pradesh.
Sources in CBI said the investigators also questioned the prime accused and two co-accused.
The searches came a month after CBI-Bhopal registered a case of corruption and fraud against Yadav and Burhanpur-based Taxmo Pipes and Products Private Limited’s managing director Sanjay Agrawal and director Vijay Prasad alias Pappu.
According to key CBI sources, the raids that begun at 8 am and continued for hours led to the seizure of several incriminating documents, which will be further scrutinized by the sleuths of the agency.
Yadav’s house in Trilanga locality of Bhopal was among the places CBI raided.
Sources privy to the ongoing investigations told Hindustan Times that income tax raids at the business premises of Burhanpur-based company in March 2016 had apart from unearthing unaccounted income, led to the seizure of some documents that revealed how some senior officials of the company rendered “illegal gratification” to the tune of over Rs 60 lakh to CL Yadav in the previous years.
At the time of the alleged corruption, Yadav was posted as GM (telephone projects) of BSNL-MP in Bhopal.
The payment of the illegal gratification by the private company to Yadav was for accelerating payment of bills pertaining to supply of plastic ducts used in laying of fiber optic cable network in MP.
The income tax department in Bhopal subsequently referred the alleged corruption involving the senior BSNL official to the CBI, which lodged the corruption case against Yadav and the two officials of the private company on November 8, 2016.