The Noida authority on Thursday said that it has not yet suspended junior engineer Jai Pal Singh Singh who was arrested by the Central bureau of investigation (CBI) from Jasola in New Delhi on Wednesday. The junior engineer had not appeared before the CBI court despite a non-bailable warrant issued against him. He is one of the accused in a case of corruption in execution of a Rs954-crore project pertaining to laying of electricity cables on Udyog Marg and Master Plan 1 road in Noida.
“As of now, we know about JP Singh’s arrest only through the media. We will suspend him only after the authority receives a CBI letter confirming his arrest,” said Vipin Gaur, general manager, Noida authority.
JP Singh had worked under suspended Noida chief engineer Yadav Singh, who is also an accused in the case.
Following an Allahabad high court order, the CBI had on August 4, 2015, started investigating the corruption allegations related to laying of electricity cables. On March 15, 2016, the agency filed a chargesheet against 11 accused, including Yadav Singh, his wife Kusumlata, project engineer Ramendra Singh, and some private firms. Apart from others, the chargesheet JP Singh’s name also figures in the chargesheet.
“JP Singh had stopped reporting to the Noida authority office since the CBI had started a probe into the corruption allegations. He was working as an assistant engineer with then Noida chief engineer Yadav Singh, who executed the electricity cable laying project. Later, due to a Supreme Court order on promotions, he was demoted to the rank of junior engineer,” said a Noida authority official.
“After his arrest, his colleagues at the authority office are worried as the CBI has started calling all engineers and private contractors for questioning to gather evidence in the case,” the official added.