In yet another development in the Maharashtra irrigation scam, the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) on Wednesday filed another case of cheating, criminal misconduct and forgery against five members of the contractor’s family, the then executive engineer and unidentified employees of the Mantralaya.
According to the ACB, a government circular issued to the Konkan Irrigation Development Corporation (KIDC) on October 17, 2001 had put a cap of maximum three projects for one contractor/firm. But the FA Constructions managed by the Khatri family carried out six projects in 2006. “In a bid to bag contracts in the future, three partners in FA Constructions decided to set up a new firm called FA Enterprises on July 26, 2006,” said an ACB officer.
The Khatri family flouted the rules in connivance with government servants to bag the Balganga dam project, stated the ACB. The agency has alleged Fateh Mohamed Abdullah Khatri, Nisar Fateh Mohamed Khatri, Jaitun Fateh Mohamed Khatri, Abid Fateh Mohamed Khatri and Jahid Fateh Mohamed Khatri were involved in forging documents to get a registration certificate from the public works department (PWD) for FA Enterprises.
“Anilkumar Gaikwad, the then executive engineer with the PWD, allegedly helped them get the registration certificate. He has been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act for criminal misconduct,” said the officer.
As part of the probe, the ACB went to the PWD office at Mantralaya to look for papers related to the allotment of certificates. “It came to light that during the renovation of Mantralaya, the papers had gone missing. So we have booked unidentified officers from the department, who were responsible for handling the papers, for destruction of evidence,” said the officer.
The accused have been booked under Indian Penal Code (IPC) section 420 (cheating), 465 (punishment for forgery), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record) and other relevant sections.
In September, the ACB had arrested five accused, including Nisar Khatri, his two brothers Aabid and Jahid, KIDC deputy engineer Rajesh Rithe, and branch engineer from Kolad Vijay Kasat.