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UP official takes u-turn on purchase of fire tenders

lucknow Updated: Nov 06, 2011 23:49 IST

The director general of the anti-corruption unit will probe the proposed purchase of 13 water tenders by the fire services department at a cost of nearly Rs 5 crore.

The state government has ordered an inquiry into the matter after DD Mishra, deputy inspector general, fire services, raised objection about the purchase and accused the state government of corruption.

Claiming Mishra was mentally ill, the government authorities had shifted him to Chhatrapati Sahuji Maharaj Medical University (CSMMU), where he is still under observation. On November 4, Mishra told the media that the purchase of the water tenders was illegal. But according to a file regarding the purchase —a copy of which is with the HT—he had no objection to the purchase the previous day.

On March 16, at a meeting of then special director general AK Gupta, inspector general Dr HC Singh, deputy director (technical services) RK Singh and Mishra, the bid of Delhi-based Ashoka Hightech Private Limited to supply the water tenders was approved.

But since the financial year had lapsed, the funds for it had to be surrendered to the government. On August 4 and October 4, the government gave approval for the purchase.

On November 3, Mishra wrote to senior officers that there was no need to invite fresh tenders and mentioned about the meeting held on March 16.

He said since Gupta has been transferred, the purchase file should be sent to the DGP (Brij Lal) for approval.

But on November 4 Mishra, alleging corruption, noted on the file that the purchase would be illegal and insisted on inviting a fresh contract.