10 DJB officials under CBI scanner
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday registered cases against 10 officials of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and five of its private contractors over alleged irregularities and illegalities related to the award of its tubewell installation contracts worth Rs1.35 crore in the city’s water-deficient parts.delhi Updated: Sep 16, 2011 23:55 IST
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday registered cases against 10 officials of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and five of its private contractors over alleged irregularities and illegalities related to the award of its tubewell installation contracts worth Rs1.35 crore in the city’s water-deficient parts.
Though the DJB had made the full payment of Rs1.35 crore to the five contractors, work at several tubewell installation projects allegedly never started, said a CBI source. The contracts were issued between 2008 and 2010 for installation of tubewells, especially in Delhi’s western parts.
Among the DJB officials mentioned in the FIRs, included the name of executive engineer PK Jain. During searches conducted at the 14 official and residential premises belonging to the accused persons in the city, the CBI seized cash worth Rs9.36 lakh, a large amount of jewellery, and documents related to bank lockers from Jain’s residence, said the source.
As part of an alleged conspiracy between the accused officials and the contractors, the DJB was made to make full payment, according to preliminary findings by the agency. “An examination of their work showed that several of the tubewell installation contracts were not executed at all though the contracted firms had already received full payments from the DJB,” said a CBI source.
The source added, “We found that several other such projects were left incomplete but still the accused DJB officials had approved them and sanctioned the payments to the contractors.”
The contractors were also found to have used sub-standard material for their contracts. “Despite the deficiencies in the execution of the contracts, the accused DJB officials had passed the bills of the contractors knowing well that the work was either not executed or sub-standard material had been used,” said the source.
Other DJB officials mentioned in the FIRs include assistant engineer BD Arya and junior engineers Ashok Panwar, Rafiul Islam and Hari Singh. The contractors who have been named in the FIRs include Water Well, RB Sales and OM Decorators.