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Two businessmen arrested in vehicle fitness test scam

The anti-corruption branch of Delhi government has arrested two businessmen for alleged corruption in the fitness test of commercial vehicles on Monday evening.

delhi Updated: Feb 27, 2013 00:46 IST
HT Correspondent

The anti-corruption branch of Delhi government has arrested two businessmen for alleged corruption in the fitness test of commercial vehicles on Monday evening.

Nitin Mahawat, director of ESP India, and Puran Chand Tamta, CEO of Tambros India Ltd, an alliance partner of ESP India, were produced in the court on Tuesday and were remanded to police custody.

Senior anti-corruption branch (ACB) officials claimed that the two had "siphoned off crores of rupees" and some transport department officials were also "hand in glove with the accused."

"More arrests are likely in the case," a senior ACB official said.

The case was registered by the ACB, pursuant on the 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 FIR against chief minister Sheila Dikshit, former transport minister Arvinder Singh, former transport commissioner RK Verma and ESP India.

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

While seeking police custody of Mahawat and Tamta, the prosecution told the court that Mahawat had "grabbed the work of fitness test of commercial vehicles from the government by misleading it with the connivance of officials of the transport department and siphoned off crores of rupees."

It also said that many officials in the transport department were hand in gloves with the accused and more arrests are likely to be made in near future.

(With inputs from PTI)