Saturday, 19 December 2015

CBI makes first arrest in Yadav Singh graft case

CBI has taken into custody Assistant Project Engineer, Noida, Ramendra in connection with alleged corruption case involving Noida Chief Engineer Yadav Singh, its first arrest in the high profile graft case. 

CBI sources said the agency has arrestedRamendra, who directly reported to Singh, and allegedly maintained a diary in which meticulous details of the alleged bribe collected from builders and contractors were maintained and how these funds were distributed among officials of Noida. 

The sources said he is in four days CBI custody where he is being questioned by the team. 

CBI had registered a case against Yadav Singh on allegations of criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act against him. 

There is also a second case of allegedly amassing disproportionate assets. 

Ramendra has been arrested in the case of corruption, the sources said. 

The sources said Ramendra had also revealed the names of officials who were entrusted with collecting bribe and its distribution through a chain of officials at various levels. 

Yadav Singh is believed to have been handling projects worth Rs 8,000 crore in Noida and was also made Chief of the Yamuna Expressway project for a brief period by the state government.

It is alleged that Yadav Singh hadentered into criminal conspiracy with unknown private persons firms and awarded various contracts without following the laid down procedures and thereby caused undue pecuniary gain to the tune of crores of rupees to private firms and to himself, the official said. 

"The local police had also registered a FIR No 371 at Police Station, Sector 39, Noida (Uttar Pradesh) on June 13, 2012. The FIR ended in closure and a final report was filed in the trial court by the local police on January 30, 2014 which was accepted by the court on November 27, 2014," CBI had said. 

The High Court had ordered a CBI probe on the petition of activist Nutan Thakur, wife of suspended UP Police IG Amitabh Thakur, alleging Singh had enjoyed plum postings under the regimes of Mulayam Singh Yadav, Mayawati and incumbent Akhilesh Yadav, and the state government was not acting against him. 

He had executed projects worth around Rs 8,000 crore in Noida in the last 12 years, the Noida authority has said in a report, the PIL alleged

SOURCE - business-standard