Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has examined Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to ascertain his role, if any, in alleged irregularities related to the award in 2006 of Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC)’s hospital-construction contract to a state agency and not public-sector enterprise, National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC).
Rao, who heads the TRS, was examined in Hyderabad in connection with the alleged irregularities that occurred during his stint in the centre as then union minister for labour, employment and training, confirmed a CBI source. The contract was given to the then executive engineer of the Andhra Pradesh Fisheries Department. The engineering wing’s then executive engineer, V Suryanarayana, was named in the CBI First Information Report that was registered in 2011.
When contacted by HT, an officer working with the chief minister’s office however denied CBI’s examination.
According to the CBI, which registered a First Information Report in 2011, the ESIC contract should have been given to a central agency like the National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) and not to a state agency, the engineering wing of the Commissioner, Fisheries Department, Hyderabad.
“The CBI examined the then union minister for labour and employment in connection with allegations that a proposal for the award of the contract to build ESIC hospitals to NBCC, a public sector enterprise had been put aside and it was eventually given to the engineering wing of Commissioner, Fisheries department, “said the source. The source, “The agency asked him if he had taken any interest in the matter and about allegations that the engineering wing of the fisheries department had been empanelled to enable it in getting the civil construction contract.”
The agency’s FIR named Suryanarayana and others for alleged offences related to criminal breach of trust by a public servant, causing disappearance of evidence of offence, criminal misconduct by a public servant and public servant’s abuse of position to obtain pecuniary gain and misappropriation of funds. The ESIC contract was for building hospitals across the state.
There were allegations that the construction that happened after the award of the contract was sub-standard. Three senior officials, including a then ESIC officer, were earlier examined by the agency in its probe.
(Inputs from HT Correspondent, Hyderabad)