A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) designated court in Ghaziabad remanded suspended Noida authority chief engineer Yadav Singh in six-day CBI custody on Thursday.
Singh was arrested on Wednesday on corruption charges and is accused of granting contracts after accepting bribes worth crores of rupees.
He was produced before the special judge (anti-corruption) by a CBI team on Thursday. During the hearing that lasted more than an hour, the investigation agency sought his custody for 14 days.
“The court, however, ordered a six-day CBI remand and directed that the Singh be produced before it by the afternoon of February 10. The CBI said it required Singh’s custody to question him in connection with an FIR lodged by it on July 30, 2015,” said BK Singh, special public prosecutor, CBI.
The FIR was registered against Singh and unknown persons following directions of the Allahabad high court, which was hearing a plea filed by social activist Nutan Thakur.
An FIR was lodged against Singh and others at the Sector 39 police station in Noida earlier. There were allegations of corrupt practices in the execution of engineering works amounting to nearly `954.38 crore. It was alleged that Singh entered into a conspiracy with unknown private firms and persons and awarded contracts without following procedure. However, the police submitted a closure report in the case which was accepted by a Noida court on November 27, 2014.
But on the basis of the petition submitted by Thakur, the Allahabad high court asked the CBI to investigate the allegations.
The CBI public prosecutor said the FIR lodged by the agency in 2015 mentioned that projects to the tune of `954.38 crore were granted by Singh within a span of 10 days in December 2011.
Amit Khemka, Singh’s lawyer, questioned the re-investigation of the allegations when the Noida court has already accepted a final report.
“The documents related to the case are already available with the Noida authorities. My client has been cooperating. He has visited the agency nearly 20 times since August. He has also provided all documents,” Khemka said.