CM seeks report over UPSIDC irregularities
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CM seeks report over UPSIDC irregularities

The alleged irregularities were committed during the eight month tenure of former managing director of UPSIDC Amit Kumar Ghosh.

lucknow Updated: Jun 03, 2017 18:00 IST
HT Correspondent
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Lucknow, Hindustan Times
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Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has sought a report on the issue within 15 days.(HT PHOTO)

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has sought a report from the state vigilance department over allegations of irregularities in awarding tenders worth Rs 1,100 crore during senior IAS officer Amit Kumar Ghosh’s eight-month stint as managing director of UP State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC).

The chief minister has sought the report within 15 days.

The orders to director general (vigilance) were issued on May 29 on a complaint by tainted UPSIDC chief engineer Arun Kumar Mishra. Special secretary at CM office Dr Adarsh Singh had issued the orders.

The CBI had arrested Mishra for operating 65 fake bank accounts in which he allegedly parked his black money. Apart from this, the Enforcement Directorate investigated his properties in Delhi, Dehradun, Lucknow and Kanpur and seized many of them, including a 300 crore property in Delhi’s Lutyen’s zone. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Uttar Pradesh police continues to investigate him for disproportionate assets.

Mishra, in his complaint, has alleged that Ghosh, during his posting between August 2, 2016 and April 14, 2017 as managing director of UPSIDC committed irregularities in awarding tenders in Trans-Ganga City and Saraswati Hi-tech City.

The 1994 batch IAS officer was removed from the post and kept in waiting by the government. It has also been alleged that he flouted all rules and proposed an action plan for the financial year 2016-17.

Satish Mahana, minister for industrial development, when asked about the IAS officer being probed on complaint of a tainted engineer, said both have been exposing each other. “Whosoever is on the right side has nothing to worry, but anyone on the wrong side of law would be punished.”

First Published: Jun 03, 2017 15:22 IST