The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court challenging the CBI probe against Noida Authority’s suspended chief engineer Yadav Singh.
The move comes a day after 16 teams of the CBI carried out conducted raids on Yadav Singh’s properties across Uttar Pradesh.
Accusing the Centre of using the CBI for its political vendetta, the UP administration said the July 16 Allahabad high court order directing the CBI probe came only after a joint secretary level officer of the central government asked for it.
“The state government has very serious concern about the manner in which the central government singled out this case for the purpose of having the CBI take over the investigation,” read the appeal, stating the state never came in the way of the investigation.
“It is not unknown that many a times the CBI has been used to politicize a general criminal case to further political vendetta, when there are different political dispensations in powers at the level of state and the Centre,” the appeal read, seeking a stay on the HC order.
The CBI’s probe so far has indicated that during 2009 and 2014, Singh’s assets were around seven times more than his known sources of income. His alleged assets stood at Rs 13 crore, while it should have been only Rs 1.7 crore, said a CBI source.
“According to his (Singh’s) income tax returns, his assets should have been worth Rs 1.7 crore during the period,” said the source. The agency, meanwhile, is set to ask for a crucial diary belonging to the suspended chief engineer which it supposes might contain details of certain illegal transactions irregular transactions carried out by Singh.
The diary currently is in the possession of the income tax department.
Singh’s family members have denied all alleged wrongdoings, said the source.
“Two of his associates and three firms are under our scanner for having allegedly benefited from the accused’s favours. We are scrutinising certain important official files recovered during our searches that include details on shell companies, bank accounts, financial transactions,” said the source.
Singh and his family face allegations of illegally amassing assets worth several crores. Singh is alleged to have awarded irregular contracts for pecuniary gains worth crores.