Yadav Singh case: CBI seeks prosecution permission of three Noida authority officials
Of the three officials, the authority CEO is to decide on prosecution permission of two officials because one of them retired from service in 2012.noida Updated: May 23, 2017 22:24 IST
The Noida authority chief executive officer Amit Mohan Prasad on Tuesday said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sought the permission for prosecuting three officials who were accused of fraud along with suspended chief engineer Yadav Singh, who is currently facing trial in a Rs 954 crore disproportionate assets case.
Of the three officials, the authority CEO is to decide on prosecution permission of two officials because one of them retired from service in 2012.
The three are among 14 officials facing allegations of corruption and criminal conspiracy in laying underground cables at Udyog Marg and Master Plan-1 Road in Noida.
“This is no need to give prosecution permission for an official who is retired. The CBI has sent me a letter seeking prosecution permission. CBI has also attached evidences against them. I will examine whether the evidence is adequate to prosecute the other two officials. It will take two days to examine and send my opinion to the CBI. I will not reveal the names of officials involved,” Prasad said.
These three officials are also named in the FIR and chargesheet filed by the CBI.
“After filing the FIR, the CBI will now take the matter to the court. Before prosecuting an official in a court, an investigation agency has to obtain prosecution permission from the department head. The need for approval is because the CBI wants to know the CEO’s views on whether the evidence is sufficient to warrant prosecution,” said an official of the Noida authority.
In June 2012, the Uttar Pradesh police had registered an FIR at the Sector 39 police station in Noida in connection with the case. It was alleged that Yadav Singh entered into a criminal conspiracy with private persons/firms and awarded contracts without following norms.
The FIR was closed and a final report was filed in the court of special session judge (Noida) by the local police. The final report was accepted by the court in November 2014.
The CBI later registered a case on July 30, 2015, against Yadav Singh and other persons for criminal conspiracy and cheating, besides provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
In March 2011, the Noida authority decided to initiate the process of laying underground cables at an estimated cost of Rs 92 crore.
Though the tenders were called in March 2011, they were opened in November 2011 and allotted to two different firms based in Ghaziabad and Noida in December 2011.