Three firms linked to Yadav Singh may face action
The Noida authority said on Monday that it has decided to take legal action against three private agencies and government employees linked to suspended chief engineer Yadav Singh who is accused of corruption in execution of various authority projects.noida Updated: Mar 22, 2016 01:10 IST
The Noida authority said on Monday that it has decided to take legal action against three private agencies and government employees linked to suspended chief engineer Yadav Singh who is accused of corruption in execution of various authority projects. He is currently lodged in Dasna jail in Ghaziabad.
Before taking any action, the authority has sought opinion from its legal and financial departments.
“I am examining this aspect to take legal advice,” said Rama Raman, chief executive officer (CEO) of the authority.
The decision comes six days after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a chargesheet against Singh, his wife, and 12 others who were involved in execution of government projects.
“The authority is contemplating legal action against three private agencies – NKG Infrastructure, JSP Constructions and Tirupati Constructions – that worked (in parts) on the `954-crore project of laying electricity cables underground along Udyog Marg. The authority may blacklist these agencies. This means they will not be able to work on government projects in Noida in future. The authority will also take action against two engineers named in the chargesheet,” said a Noida authority official.
According to authority officials, NKG Infrastructure was allotted important projects in 2013-14. These included building a Rs 450-crore eight-lane bridge parallel to Kalindi Kunj bridge across Yamuna and a project worth Rs 30-Rs 40 crore to install crash barriers on the Noida Expressway.
The CBI has said in its chargesheet that JSP Infrastructure was allotted a contract of Rs 21.99 crore and Tirupati Construction was allotted work worth Rs 25.53 crore for laying electricity cables underground in December 2011. The Noida authority had issued tenders for it in March 2011 and opened bids in late November. Singh is accused of allotting a Rs 34.77-crore contract for part of the work to NKG Infrastructure, flouting tender norms. According to the CBI, this caused the state exchequer a loss of Rs 19 crore.
Meanwhile, the Noida authority is yet to take disciplinary action against two of its engineers – assistant project engineer Devi Ram Arya and junior engineer Ompal Singh – who continue to work with it even as the CBI probe against them is in progress. The authority has already suspended the other officials named in the chargesheet, including Yadav Singh.
Apart from him, the chargesheet names his wife Kusumlata, project engineer (PE) Ramendra Singh, assistant PEs Devi Ram Arya and Jaipal Singh, junior engineers Rajeev Kumar, RD Sharma, and Ompal Singh. The chargesheet also names Tirupati Constructions and its managing partner VK Goel, JSP Construction and its partner Pankaj Jain, and NKG Infrastructure and its managing director Pradeep Garg.
Yadav Singh was arrested by the CBI in February this year. He is charged with criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery under the IPC. He is also accused of abusing his official position and bribery under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.