CBI questioned National Institute of Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR) ex-director Vijay Agrawal for two hours on Tuesday morning in connection with alleged fraud and corruption in construction works worth `34 crore.
Agrawal, now with his parent organisation APS University in Rewa, was NITTTR director when the alleged fraud and corruption took place at the institute between 2009 and 2014.
In June, CBI lodged a case of cheating, criminal conspiracy and corruption against Agrawal and others for causing loss to government exchequer by getting construction works done without floating tenders.
CBI officers asked Agrawal why he had allowed construction works without inviting tenders. Further, they grilled him about why 15-plus contractors were allowed to do construction works and payments made to them at rates which were 200% to 900% higher than those fixed by central public works department, CBI sources told Hindustan Times.
Agrawal’s questioning came just a day before a CBI team is to visit NITTTR for getting details from institute officials about what construction works were actually carried out there between 2009 and 2014.
The visit is a part of detailed quality audit of construction work being carried out by a team of experts comprising CPWD officials. The report of this exercise will form an important part of investigation. Earlier, CBI and quality audit panel’s effort to get information about the construction works didn’t delivered desired results as NITTTR officials expressed ignorance about the details.
The NITTTR officials had told the panel that it would take time for them to gather details of the construction works and payments. Subsequently, senior CBI officers asked them how they did not have the details of works approved by senior officials. The CBI team had sought details of the works from the NITTTR officials.