The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday filed a charge sheet against Yadav Singh, suspended chief engineer of the Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities, and 13 others, including his wife, in connection with a corruption case.
The charge sheet filed at CBI’s designated court in Ghaziabad relates to allegations of corruption and criminal conspiracy in laying underground cables at Udyog Marg and Master Plan 1 Road in Noida.
The agency said work allotment was decided earlier, tender formalities were violated and the estimate was inflated to cause undue gain to the contractor. This caused an alleged loss of around Rs 19 crore to the government exchequer.
Earlier in June 2012, the Uttar Pradesh police had registered an FIR at the Sector-39 police station in Noida. It was alleged that Yadav Singh entered into a criminal conspiracy with private persons/firms and awarded contracts without following norms.
The FIR ended in closure and a final report filed in the court of special session judge (Noida) by the local police. The final report was accepted by the court in November 2014.
The CBI later registered a case on July 30, 2015 against Yadav Singh and other persons for criminal conspiracy and cheating, besides provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
In March 2011, the Noida authority decided to initiate process of laying of underground cables at an estimated project cost of nearly Rs 92 crore.
Though the tenders were called in March 2011, they were opened in November 2011 and allotted to two different firms based in Ghaziabad and Noida in December 2011.
There were allegations that work on laying cables already started in September 2011 while the contract was signed in December 2011. Nearly 60% of the work had allegedly been completed before the signing of the contract.
The Ghaziabad and Noida based firms were given a contract of nearly Rs 21.99 crore and Rs 25.53 crore, respectively. Later, a part of the work worth Rs 34.87 was allotted to another Ghaziabad-based company without tenders, the CBI stated.
The CBI had conducted searches on August 4, 2015 at Agra, Firozabad, Noida and Greater Noida. This led to recovery of documents of 38 immovable properties at Noida, Agra along with incriminating documents.
The agency arrested Yadav Singh in February this year following the arrest of his aide Ramendra Singh, the suspended project manager of the Noida authority, earlier in December, 2015. Both are under judicial custody at Dasna jail in Ghaziabad.