The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a preliminary inquiry into the allotment of 4.5 crore tender to a private firm for operation and maintenance of 86 public toilets in 2007.
CBI officers took away documents related to the case from the sub-office of the MC; at the ISBT, Sector 17 , on Monday. Some company officials were also questioned in this regard.
Senior officials with the then municipal corporation, including former MC Chief engineer, SK Bansal’s name, has reportedly cropped up in the case. Some officials with the company allotted the tender Selvel Media Service Private Limited are also under scanner.
Other former employees reportedly superintending engineer, SC Aggarwal, the then executive engineer, RC Diwan (now superintending engineer) and other officer concerned of the public health department are also scrutiny for their alleged in financial irregularities, the sources have said.
The inquiry was marked after a Panchkula-based firm, Taksh Media Ltd, complained to the agency that there were financial irregularities and the terms and conditions were tweaked in the favour of the company in the allotment of tender to Selvel Media Service Private Limited.
The complainant had also alleged that Selve Media did not pay its advertisement fee of
75 lakh, but had moved court in this regard.
Speaking to HT, SP (CBI) Vineet Brij Lal, said: “A preliminary inquiry has been registered against the MC officers, but it is not an FIR. We will scrutinise the documents and record the statements of the officers concerned, which will take around three months. After the report only the next course of action will be decided.”
Director of Selvel Media Service Private Limited, Jimmy Subawala said: “We welcome the inquiry and are ready to cooperate with the CBI, as we know that the tender was allotted as per the guidelines. We have moved court against the notice of 75 lakh advertisement tax and matter is now sub-judice.”
The 2007 tender envisaged that Selvel Media Service Private Limited will maintain 86 toilets at a cost of around 8,800 per toilet with an enhancement of 10% every year for five years.