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Bulletproof SUVs for those in govt: Mumbai firm challenges bidding process

A disqualified Mumbai-based bidder has moved the Punjab and Haryana high court to challenge the tendering process for making 14 Toyota Land Cruisers bulletproof for the security of high-profile people in the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) government of Punjab.

punjab Updated: Jun 11, 2016 20:58 IST
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Streit Armoring has alleged the reasons given for its disqualification to be “arbitrary, illegal, and against the terms of the tender”.
Streit Armoring has alleged the reasons given for its disqualification to be “arbitrary, illegal, and against the terms of the tender”.(HT Photo)

A disqualified Mumbai-based bidder has moved the Punjab and Haryana high court to challenge the tendering process for making 14 Toyota Land Cruisers bulletproof for the security of high-profile people in the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) government of Punjab.

Streit Armoring has alleged the reasons given for its disqualification to be “arbitrary, illegal, and against the terms of the tender”. It has sought the disqualification order and the award of contract to another company quashed. The high court vacation bench of justice AG Masih and justice Hari Pal Verma adjourned the hearing on Friday, which gives the petitioner liberty to implead successful bidder, Chandigarh-based JCBL, till Tuesday. It has impleaded the director general of police and the inspector general of police (special protection unit) among others.

The tendering process started on March 23 and the tender closed on April 14. The technical bids were opened on April 15 and on May 25 the Mumbai-based company received the letter of disqualification based on grounds that it claims were not part of the original conditions. “Clause 12 of the tender required the bidder to have a workshop or support centre in 100-kilometre radius of Chandigarh,” submitted the Mumbai company, adding: “But we were disqualified on the ground that we did not have a manufacturing unit in Chandigarh.”

A letter of association from Toyota Motors, which makes four-wheel-drive Land Cruiser, was also ignored along with the Mumbai company’s record of armouring six similar vehicles in the year 2011-12, claims the petitioner. The reasons for disqualification are “beyond criterion”, the petitioner submitted, adding that the laboratory and field tests required under the contract terms were not conducted for the successful bidder’s product, so there were doubts about the capabilities of the vehicles it would deliver.

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In a statement issued here on Friday, Channi said that details secured under the RTI (Right to Information) Act suggested that the highest amount, almost `18 crore, had been spent in the year 2012-13, and Rs 13 crore in the year 2014-15.

He accused the ruling family of the Badals of reducing the number of beneficiaries in the year 2014-15 under the relief scheme for disabled people and taking more than `2.5 lakh people off the old-age pension scheme in the year 2014-15.