A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ghaziabad ordered that properties belonging to the four accused in the Yadav Singh corruption case, be attached.
Earlier, the court issued non- bailable warrants and a public notice for proclamation (under section 82 of CrPC) on September 6 and October 13, against the four who failed to appear before the court.
Yadav Singh’s case relates to alleged corruption in public work projects undertaken in Noida.
It was alleged that in March 2011, the Noida authority decided to initiate the process of laying underground cables on MP-1 Road with an estimated project cost of nearly ₹ 9,202 lakh. It was also alleged that even though tenders for this were called for in the month of March 2011, these were opened only n the month of November 2011 and allotted to two different firms based in Ghaziabad and Noida, in December 2011.
Yadav Singh, who was the chief engineer of Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities at the time, was arrested and is lodged in Dasna jail in Ghaziabad.
The CBI court on Tuesday ordered proceedings under section 83 of the Criminal Procedure Code and directed the investigating agency, the CBI, to intervene and submit a report.
The court directed the CBI to take appropriate action against Kusum Lata (Yadav Singh’s wife), R D Sharma and Om Pal Singh, suspended engineers of the Noida authority; and Pankaj Jain, managing director of the private firm JSP Constructions, in Ghaziabad.
“Following the directions for attachment of property, the court has directed the CBI to take proper action and also submit a report by December 22,” BK Singh, special public prosecutor, CBI, said.
On March 15, the CBI filed a chargesheet against 14 people, including Yadav Singh.
After the court took cognizance of the chargesheet on March 29, several of the accused surrendered.
Yadav Singh and his aide Ramendra were arrested earlier, and officials of private firms, chargesheeted in the case, also surrendered before the court .
In pursuance of the July 16, 2015 order of the Allahabad High Court, the CBI registered a case on July 30, 2015 against Yadav Singh and other unknown persons for criminal conspiracy, and cheating, besides the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The CBI stated that their investigation revealed that the allotment of work was allegedly pre-decided, the tender formalities were wilfully violated and the expenditure estimates highly inflated, to cause undue gains to the contractor.
This caused an alleged loss of around ₹19 crore to the government exchequer, the report added. After Yadav’s arrest earlier this year, the district authorities in Ghaziabad submitted a medical panel report before the court in connection with the health problems that Yadav Singh allegedly suffered from. His lawyers had submitted an application on May 31 before the CBI court, stating that he suffers from hypertension and backache.
According to the medical report, Singh needs to avoid long journeys and may need an ambulance and wheelchair for transportation and movement.
It added that he could also be suffering from prolapse of the vertebral disc with hypertension and unstable angina, along with other health issues.
“The court will take a final call on the report,” CBI’s special public prosecutor BK Singh, said. “For now, the accused is provided with an ambulance and wheelchair on his own expense to attend court hearings,” he added.
According to the court order on June 3 in this regard, the CBI counsels had opposed the move and stated that the medical report could not be accepted as Yadav Singh was fully fit when he was arrested on February 3. He was also subjected to a medical examination at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi, as per procedures followed for arrested accused.
The CBI court on June 3 also directed Ghaziabad chief medical officer (CMO) to constitute a medical panel to fully examine Singh. Earlier this year, the Noida authority on Thursday said that it has stopped payment of around ₹25 crore to the Ghaziabad-based private firm, NKG Infrastructure, which was named by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) int he case .The authority had even thought of blacklisting the firm, after the chargesheet.