Income-tax sleuths on Friday carried out searches at the offices and residences of three general managers (GMs) of the Greater Noida authority and a chief finance officer of the Noida authority.
These officers are said to have enjoyed “a considerable degree of clout” during the previous BSP government, which ruled between 2007 and 2012.
Searches were conducted at more than 30 locations, including those of four construction companies, in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad.
These officials are responsible for clearance of projects, land allotment, tenders and payment to construction companies. The raids were said to have been conducted following complaints of irregularities in projects worth crores of rupees. Raids were going on till late in the evening. The three GMs have also been looking after similar responsibilities of the Yamuna Expressway authority.
The searches were conducted following complaints of amassing of assets disproportionate to known sources of income. The teams are understood to have seized a large number documents and files but they did not disclose the details.
As early as on May 4, hundreds of farmers and residents, supported by NGOs and political parties, staged a protest demonstration in Greater Noida and alleged several authority officials were involved in scams, which took place during the BSP rule, worth crores of rupees and sought action from the chief minister. The authorities are already conducting departmental probes into several scams.
I-T officials reached the offices of Ravindra Singh (GM, industries), SSA Rizvi (GM, projects) and Lalit Vikram (GM, finance) at the Greater Noida authority at 8 am. Sleuths also reached the two houses of Ravindra Singh in sector Beta I (E-9) and Officers’ Colony in sector Gamma I in Greater Noida.
They later reached the houses of his brother Avnish Kumar in sector Gamma II and a relative, Manendra Kumar, in Harsh Apartments in Greater Noida.
I-T officials also reached Lalit Vikram’s house (B-133) in Noida sector 51 and SSA Rizvi’s house in Noida sector 41. The house (C-23) of Noida authority’s chief finance officer RP Barman was also searched in sector 50.
Four realty firms:
Amandeep Construction (Surajpur, Greater Noida), Kasana Construction (Noida), Manisha Construction (Ghaziabad) and Kashyapi Builders Pvt Ltd.
These companies have been given contracts by the horticulture department (Greater Noida), where a probe for financial irregularities is on, and the Yamuna authority.
Kashyapi Builders has done a lot of work at Gautam Budh University in Greater Noida.