Central Bureau of investigation (CBI) on Tuesday started its probe into corruption allegations against tainted Noida chief engineer Yadav Singh.
Allahabad high court had on July 16 ordered a CBI investigation into corruption allegations against Yadav Singh following a petition filed by Lucknow-based social activist Nutan Thakur, who demanded that only CBI probe can do justice with this case.
Four CBI teams of six members each reached Noida Authority around 8:30am to collect documents related with the probe.
Different teams reached in Noida authority administrative office in sector 6, Greater Noida office building in Chitvan Estate and Yamuna Expressway authority office located in Greater Noida. A separate team also conducted searches at Yadav Singh's sector 27 Bungalow in Noida, officials said.
Officials and engineers remained tight-lipped on the issue and tried to look normal by saying probe is only limited to Yadav Singh.
CBI teams are also conducting searches at Yadav Singh’s properties in Agra, Ferozabad and one of his relative’s residence in Lucknow, a CBI official said in Noida.
CBI team left the Noida authority office at 1.30pm. The team also asked few questions from Pramod Kumar Agarwal, additional chief executive officer of the Noida authority.
Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government-appointed judicial commission justice (retired) Amarnath Varma is also camping in Noida for probe into the Yadav Singh case.
The judicial commission had been mandated by the UP government to probe into three points - promotions given to Yadav Singh, his educational qualifications and project allotments made by Yadav to various companies.
UP government had formed judicial commission to probe allegations against Yadav Singh on February14 and dismissed opposition demands of a CBI probe. BJP and social activists had accused Samajwadi party government of protecting Yadav.
Allahabad high court, in its order on July 16, had said that a CBI probe was needed due to limited powers of the judicial commission.
Sources said that the UP government is likely to file a special leave petition (SLP) in the Supreme court opposing the CBI probe.
Yadav Singh was the chief engineer for Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway at the time, when the income tax department found unaccounted assets in properties linked to him on November 27, 2014.
The Income tax department had conducted search operations for many days in several properties linked to Yadav Singh. Under-pressure, the UP government on February 14 appointed a one-member judicial commission of justice (retired) Amarnath Varma to probe into the allegations against Yadav Singh.