Preliminary probe into the mysterious death of Bihar Road Construction Department (RCD) executive engineer Yogendra Pandey suggest he was about to blow the whistle on seven construction companies for their failure to meet project deadlines in Sitamarhi district, 150 km north of Patna.
Pandey, 50, fell to death from the Sitamarhi collectorate building on June 18. Even after a suicide note was found on him, his family alleged he had been pushed from the building.
A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team, which visited the RCD office in Sitamarhi last week, recovered torn pieces of papers from his office. This indicates Pandey was about to recommend action against seven contractors assigned construction/repair of roads, said a CBI officer requesting anonymity.
The documents suggested that Pandey was not satisfied with the progress of the work carried out by these companies, the officer told HT.
Reassignment of the project could have caused great loss to one of the firms yet to complete the Sitamarhi-Riga-Dheng road project worth Rs 12.63 crore.