The UP State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC) has finally suspended its tainted regional manager Kamlesh Kumar Yadav.
He was caught red handed by Vigilance Department sleuths, while accepting a bribe of Rs 10 lakh. The suspension was possible only after the Vigilance Department threatened to initiate action against certain top corporation officials under section 201, meaning tampering with evidence.
Despite Vigilance Department’s request to UPSIDC officials to make some documents related with the case available, they
never bothered to do so. Besides, the corporation officials did not suspend the tainted manager. Talking to HT, UPSIDC managing director Chanchal Tewary said Yadav was suspended and a departmental inquiry was set up against him.
Regarding the delay in suspension of Yadav, he said, “We were waiting for the vigilance report before taking any decision on his suspension. Just as the the vigilance report came in, he was suspended.”
According to sources in the Vigilance Department, the report was sent to UPSIDC the next day Yadav was arrested at his residence.
As Yadav was the cousin of a cabinet minister and close relative of a top Samajwadi Party leader, all the proceedings were put on hold, sources said.
First the recommendation to suspend him was ignored. Even the documents of deal for which Yadav had accepted Rs 10 lakh were not made available to the investigators.
Later, the vigilance headquarters asked the local office to move under section 201 to get access to the documents. This threat apparently worked and Yadav almost going scot-free was finally trapped. A three-member committee was also formed to inquire into the charges by the corporation. But SP (vigilance) Ajay Kumar refused to comment on the issue saying that the inquiry was on.