Six engineers from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) road department could be suspended for helping contractors involved in the multi-crore road scam get anticipatory bail.
Three assistant engineers and three executive engineers from the department had issued notices to the six contractors after BMC registered an FIR against them, asking them to return the excess amount that had been paid to them.
After an initial probe into the matter, the BMC administration has now written to the police about the fault of their own employees in issuing the notices.
“We have informed the police,” said a senior official. “They will provide the details to the court on Tuesday.”
Following the notice, two contractors — Mahavir Infrastructure and KR construction — had returned close to Rs3 crore to the BMC and were granted interim anticipatory bail based on this. Mahavir Infrastructure’s bail application had earlier been rejected by the court. This came as a blow to police investigations.
According to the BMC, contracts worth Rs352 crore were given to the companies to repair 34 roads. The civic body found substandard work worth Rs 14 crore and this was the amount that the contractors were asked to repay.
The matter came into light after the police sent a letter to the road department on July 11, directing it to provide the names of engineers who had given orders to issues the notices.
The police’s letter (a copy of which is with HT) stated that some civic officials had issued notices to contractors to repay the amount equivalent to the BMC’s losses because of the shoddy repair work. For further investigation, the road department should provide the names of the engineers who had issued notices to the contractors.
Meanwhile, civic chief Ajoy Mehta and road department officials met chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday evening and briefed him on the issue. According to sources, the subject could be discussed in the Assembly.