The CBI is investigating the role of three ex-MCD officials, including an executive engineer, who allegedly approved numerous illegal constructions over a period of two years and 'avoided' demolition of 15 unauthorised buildings in west Delhi.
The move comes after the Delhi High Court recently ordered an investigation to determine whether the large number of illegal constructions in the Municipal West Zone of MCD was on account of a nexus between the Engineering Department, builders and political bosses during the period of May 9, 2003 and May 31, 2005.
The CBI has now filed a First Information Report (FIR) in a Special Court accusing former Executive Engineer with MCD, West Zone office Vijay Kadian and two ex-Assistant Engineers AP Sharma and VK Jain of allowing 15 builders, made co-accused in the case, to carry out large-scale unauthorised constructions in the area.
"The three accused (ex-MCD officials) abused their official position as public servants and caused pecuniary gains for themselves in respect of illegal constructions carried out by the owners (15 co-accused)," CBI said in its FIR.
It further alleged that the trio had on August 2004 'dishonestly avoided' the demolition of 15 properties of their co-accused by retaining official files recommending immediate action from higher quarters of the public body.
"In pursuance of a criminal conspiracy, they (three ex-MCD staffers) intentionally avoided taking action in respect of these 15 properties though they had specific knowledge," it added.
All 18 accused, including the former MCD officials, have been variously accused of offences under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.