Former principal secretary, agriculture and senior Haryana IAS officer, Roshan Lal who had in 2013 examined the allotment of a work order to an Ahmedabad based company by IAS officer Ashok Khemka during his 2009 stint as managing director, Haryana State Warehousing Corporation (HSWC) has written to chief secretary, DS Dhesi reiterating the decision of the previous government to go for a CBI probe if the findings of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) corroborated his findings.
The CAG had, in its report tabled recently in the state assembly, had pointed out irregularities in the award of the contract for construction of godowns with galvalume roofing sheets by HSWC with Khemka at the helm.
'Go for CBI probe'
"Most of the serious financial irregularities as pointed out in my report of November 18, 2013 stand corroborated in the final CAG report. Therefore it would be imperative that the matter is referred to CBI for investigation into this matter as already decided by the chief minister on October 16, 2014 since the findings of the interim audit report stand confirmed in the final report of the CAG,'' he wrote.
Roshan Lal, who is presently posted as additional chief secretary, Excise and Taxation, however, refused to comment about the communication to CS. "The CAG report deals only with the financial irregularities and cannot go into the criminality involved in the matter,'' the letter reads. The previous Congress government had decided to make a reference to the Central government for a CBI probe into the matter but deferred the reference in view of the ongoing audit.
Following a complaint by one Ravinder Kumar of Panchkula, the then agriculture principal secretary had examined the issue and recommended a Vigilance probe. However, the previous government later opted for a CBI probe.
The final CAG report tabled in assembly on March 11, 2015 pointed irregularities in the award of contract for construction of godowns with galvalume roofing sheets as well in the enhancement of work order and deviation in the terms and conditions of initial work order awarded on February 18, 2009.
The CAG said the selection of a particular grade and brand, Dong Bu (Korea) did not flow from the terms and conditions of the notice inviting tenders (NIT) and restricted the competition as the galvalume sheet was not a proprietary item during 2008-2009 and 2009-2010.
On the enhancement of work orders by HSWC, the CAG said the Corporation issued further orders to M/s Proflex on March 26, 2009; February 5, 2010 and April 23, 2010 for construction of 3, 8 and 11 godowns respectively at the same rate (R 1,127 ), terms and conditions of contract as awarded on February 18, 2009 on the basis of clause 7 of NIT. The firm constructed 20 godowns as against the above orders at a total cost of R 9.52 crore. As against the standard norms, the contract entered into on February 18, 2009 was repeated three times.
The audit observed that the clause 7 of the NIT issued in January 2009 was applicable only in case of first original order covering 25 godowns which was issued on February 18, 2009.The HSWC could have increased or decreased the quantity according to actual requirement for construction of 25 godowns as per first original order. As regards the construction of additional godowns over and above original godowns, fresh tenders should have been invited and the issue of orders on the three occasions for a value of R 9.52 crore was against the established norms of awarding contracts.