Toilet scam: CBI raids MC officials' residence, seizes documents

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 20, 2014 21:47 IST

In the toilet maintenance contract scam in the municipal corporation that caused a loss of Rs 13.6 crore between 2006 and 2014, teams of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday conducted raids at the houses of MC officials and the contractor firm's general manager to get some records. Certain incriminating documents have been sized, it is learnt.

Officials who faced the raids included superintending engineer RC Dewan, former superintending engineer SR Aggarwal and former chief engineer SK Bansal, besides Bishwadeep Dutta, general manager of the private firm Selvel Media Services.

The CBI had procured search warrants from the court on Friday and teams conducted the raids from 7am to 2pm on Saturday, simultaneously in Chandigarh, SAS Nagar and Panchkula.
The agency CBI has already recovered documents from the offices and then registered the case against the MC officials. Sources said the aim of the raids was to recover documents that could pinpoint their roles in the scam.

These documents could also lead to investigation of the role of some unidentified people as part of the FIR registered on December 11.

It was on March 31 that the CBI had registered a preliminary enquiry into the allotment of the tender to a private firm for operation and maintenance of 86 public toilets in 2007.

Then the CBI officers took away documents related to the case from the sub-office of the MC; at the ISBT, Sector 17. Some company officials were also questioned in this regard.

The probe had started after a Panchkula-based firm, Taksh Media, complained to the agency that there were financial irregularities and terms tweaked to favour Selvel Media.

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