One of the 14 accused named in the charge sheet of the Yadav Singh corruption case surrendered at the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Friday. The CBI had named 14 persons, including representatives of private firms, in their charge sheet submitted on March 15.
Following the summons for appearance issued by the court on March 29, Vinod Kumar Goel, managing partner of Tirupati Construction in Noida appeared at the court on Friday.
“He was sent to judicial custody after he surrendered at the court. The other accused could not appear as the summons could not be served to all,” BK Singh, special public prosecutor with CBI, said.
The next date of hearing in the case is June 3. Of the 14 accused, both Yadav Singh, the suspended chief engineer of Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities, and his close aide Ramendra Singh are presently lodged at Dasna jail under judicial custody.
The investigation conducted by the CBI revealed that Yadav Singh allegedly accepted bribes from engineers of the authority and other accused persons from three private firms -- Tirupati Constructions, NKG Infrastructure and JSP Constructions -- for allotting the project of laying underground cables.
It was alleged that in March 2011 that the authority decided to initiate the process of laying underground cables at Master Plan-1 road at an estimated cost of `92.02 crore. It was also alleged that the tenders, called in March 2011, were not opened till November 2011.
There were also allegations that the work of laying cables underground had already begun in September 2011 before the contract was signed in December, and nearly 60% of the work had already been completed.
The CBI in its charge sheet had mentioned that Ramendra Singh’s wife was shown as an employee of Tirupati Constructions and was paid a salary of `25,000 per month. Besides, the office premises of the company was also found to be allegedly owned by her and was paid rent of `20,000 per month.
The CBI court took cognizance of the charge sheet on March 29.