Adding yet another round to his run-ins with the chairman in the Chandigarh Housing Board, ex-CEO IAS officer SB Deepak Kumar continues to rile him and other governing body members of the board. While Kumar has directly accused CHB chairman Maninder Singh of favouring a private company in award of maintenance of contracts for toilets, the latter has hit back, claiming that Kumar, in fact, had caused a loss of Rs 40 lakh to the board by stalling the 2015 tender process.
Maninder has also termed ‘baseless and malicious’ Kumar’s allegations that he revoked the blacklisting of the firm, Selvel Media, in violation of rules.
In a two-page letter to UT adviser last week, former board chief executive officer (CEO) SB Deepak Kumar had raked up the allegations.
“No undue favour was given to the firm. The blacklisting orders passed by the then CEO were revoked following due diligence and legal procedure. The board’s governing body had upheld and approved the revocation order,” the chairman said.
“The blacklisting was done on untenable grounds and the company was not heard, a guideline that is mandatory as per the Supreme Court,” the chairman added.
Hitting back, he claimed that contrary to directions passed by the governing body, the CEO went to the extent of stalling the tender process of maintenance of toilets.
“The then CEO did not approve the detailed notice inviting tenders (DNIT) as chairman of tender processing committee for months. This caused a loss of Rs 40 lakh to the board.”
In spite of repeated attempts, SB Deepak Kumar could not be contacted.
Board members unite in chairman’s defence
A member of the CHB governing body Tarsem Garg said, “It is hilarious that the ex-CEO who even bought a Rs 1,800 iron from CHB funds is accusing the chairman of corruption. We stand by the chairman and demand strict action against Kumar for causing loss of Rs 40 lakh to the board for not finalising the toilet tenders.”
Another member Prem Kaushik claimed that the ex-CEO had already been censured for causing the loss due to the tender delay.