Former engineer-in-chief Yadav Singh had executed projects worth around Rs 8,000 crore in Noida in the last 12 years, the Noida authority has said in a report.
The figure excludes Singh’s involvement in the authority’s land allotment process for commercial, industrial and residential projects. This is being tabulated separately.
The authority is preparing the report on instructions from the income tax department that raided 20 buildings connected to Singh in Noida, Ghaziabad and Delhi last month.
Singh was involved in infrastructure projects such as Ganga water supply, sewage pipelines, drainage, hospitals, parks and the metro. In the electrical department, Singh had signed bonds of more than Rs 500 crore in last nine years. Signing a bond means releasing funds to firms after work is executed.
“He released Rs 1 crore in 2002-03, Rs 80 lakh in 2003-04, Rs 135 crore in 2007-08, Rs 67 crore in 2008-09, Rs 40 crore in 2009-10, Rs 112 crore in 2010-11, Rs 200 crore in 2011-12 and around Rs 4 crore in 2014-15 for various projects. IT officials think Singh lavishly transferred money to private agencies,” said a Noida authority official.
After the tax raids on Singh and companies related to his wife Kusumlata, the authority cancelled several projects.
“Singh headed the engineering, electrical, water, health and horticulture and other wings and executed projects worth nearly `4,200 crore from 2002 to 2014. He was involved in big infrastructure projects like Dalit Prerna Sthal, multi-specialty hospital and the metro, etc. Projects worth around another `4,000 crore were executed,” said a senior official.
Singh was engineer-in-chief of the Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway Authorities for 17 days, where he gave the go-ahead for 15 public projects — cancelled after the raids.
Singh has since been removed from his post and attached to the CEO office. But he has remained absent without applying for leave, prompting the authority to issue him a show-cause notice.
Singh enjoyed huge clout in political circles, managing to be in favour during both Mulayam and Mayawati’s tenures.
The Mayawati government — when the BSP formed a coalition in UP with BJP support— first appointed him as engineer-in-chief of the authority in 2002.
After the Samajwadi Party (SP) ousted the BSP in 2003, it transferred Singh and his associates. But he managed to make inroads into SP’s power corridors. Sanjeev Saran, then chief executive officer (CEO) of the authority, appointed Singh as head of the health and horticulture department on February 24, 2006. Saran had issued a special appointment order for Yadav and his five associates, who were left with no work when the SP came to power. HT has a copy of the order.
“Because the Noida authority functions on orders from Lucknow, Singh had forged good relations with top leaders of both parties that ruled UP for the last 12 years. He never bothered about orders from IAS officers,” said a senior UP government official.
The SP and BSP denied links with Singh.
Narad Rai, UP minister for Khadi and village industries, said: “All allegations are baseless...the UP government will take action once the I-T or any other agency submits its report.”
Senior BSP leader Satish Awana said: “BSP government does not shelter or benefit Yadav Singh. Our government treated him like a normal engineer.”
The Congress countered. “Mulayam and Mayawati earned money from Noida by using officials like Singh,” said Raghuraj Singh, a Congress leader.
SIT cracks whip
The Special Investigating Team leading the investigations against Singh directed Saturday Anita Kapur, the chairperson of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), to monitor the search and seizure operations in the case in a clear sign that the noose maybe tightening around Singh.
SIT reviewed the pace of investigations in the matter that has grabbed national headlines in recent times. It is alleged that Singh has amassed an empire worth Rs 900 crore. SIT has also asked the search officer to convey information to the director of enforcement directorate to take appropriate action and to investigate the possibility of money laundering. SIT would monitor the investigations thereafter.
"We are waiting for the report of the field officer in Uttar Pradesh," said a senior CBDT official. "We will decide the future course of investigations depending on what is there in the report. We are looking into this matter closely and seriously."