The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) on Sunday relieved its three general managers (GMs) of their duties, two days after Income Tax (I-T) sleuths conducted searches at their offices and residences.
GNIDA chief executive officer (CEO) Rama Raman said state’s industrial development commissioner Anil Kumar Gupta has requested director-general (investigation) of the I-T department SS Bajpayee to provide details of the searches so that departmental action could be initiated against the trio.
The authority has also recommended to the state government that a probe by the vigilance department be carried out against them in the matters of corruption. On Saturday, the state government asked the Greater Noida authorities to initiate action against the three officers. The government told Gupta to ensure action against the officers.
The three officials are Ravindra Singh (GM, industries), SSA Rizvi (GM, projects) and Lalit Vikram (GM, finance). Income Tax sleuths on Friday also carried out searches at the offices and residences of a chief finance officer of the Noida authority, RP Barman. 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 some construction companies.
Construction companies floated allegedly by a builder-official combine has surrendered about R100 crore. Eleven bank lockers have also been sealed. They would be opened on Monday.
I-T officials have also seized papers related to bank transactions and investments worth crores of rupees. Examination of papers has revealed that relatives of these officers had invested money in construction and other firms.
The state’s infrastructure and industrial development commissioner has also sought documents relating to land allotment and change of land uses.
The four officials have been 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.
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 their known sources of income.