The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to ask the municipal corporation (MC) officials to join the investigation in the toilet scam of the Chandigarh MC, which caused a loss of Rs 13.66 crore to the exchequer. In this regard, the CBI has already lodged an FIR against three engineers and an official of Selvel Media Services on Tuesday.
The officials have been booked for cheating, criminal conspiracy under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The accused were identified as superintending engineer (SE) RC Diwan, former SE SR Aggarwal, former chief engineer SK Bansal, Bishwadeep Dutta, general manager, Selvel Media Services, and some “unknown persons’’.
Talking to HT, Tarun Gaba, superintendent of police in the anti-corruption branch of the CBI, said they would collect all evidence for the investigation and call the suspect to join the investigation.
The sources said on March 31, the CBI had registered a preliminary inquiry into the allotment of Rs 4.5 crore tender to a private firm for operation and maintenance of as many as 86 public toilets in 2007. The CBI officers had also seized documents related to the case from the MC sub-office in Sector 17 and some company officials were also questioned in this regard. 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 to favour Selvel Media. The complainant had also alleged that Selvel Media did not pay its advertisement fee of Rs 75 lakh.
As per the CBI, in similar other contracts, the MC had not paid a single penny, but contractors paid the advertisement tax and licence fee because they collected the income from advertising. “This was the only case when already renovated toilets were handed over on contract and company was not to incur any expenses,”notes the FIR.