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BJP smells a rat in transport dept

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded a CBI inquiry into an alleged scam at the transport department’s vehicle fitness unit in Burari.

delhi Updated: Mar 19, 2013 00:54 IST
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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded a CBI inquiry into an alleged scam at the transport department’s vehicle fitness unit in Burari.

The anti-corruption branch (ACB) of the Delhi government had arrested two businessmen in February for alleged corruption in the fitness test of commercial vehicles.

ACB officials had said Nitin Manawat, director of ESP India, and Puran Chand Tamta, CEO of Tambros India Ltd, an alliance partner of ESP India, had “siphoned off crores of rupees” in the name of carrying out fitness checks of commercial vehicles, and some transport department officials were also “hand in glove with the accused”.

The arrests were made after a case was registered by the ACB following a complaint of RTI activist Vivek Garg alleging that the contract for lane test of commercial vehicles before the grant of fitness certificates was granted by the Delhi government to ESP India without inviting any tender.

Garg had in his complaint sought registration of FIRs against Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, former transport minister Arvinder Singh and others senior transport department officials.

The ACB had, however, given a clean chit to Diskhit and Singh, saying no irregularity was found on their part.

Raising the issue in the ongoing budget session of the Delhi Assembly, senior BJP leader Harshwardhan alleged some influential people were being shielded by the ACB.

Vijay Kumar Malhotra, the leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, said the Congress government in Delhi was involved in 82 cases of corruption. “If the BJP comes to power this year, we will get all these cases closely investigated and the culprits will be brought to book,” Malhotra said, while reacting to the lieutenant-governor’s speech on the first day of the budget session.

The BJP MLAs on Monday yet again raised the issue of water shortage.