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CBI busts BRO scam, books top officials

Posted on Feb 25 2012 | IANS

Shimla, Feb 25 : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has busted a multi-crore scam involving senior officials of the Border Road Organisation's (BRO) Project Deepak, an official said here Saturday.

One of the accused is currently posted in Project Deepak's Shimla headquarters as chief engineer.

Two FIRs have been registered after conducting raids on the accused's offices and premises here and in Noida in Uttar Pradesh Friday, CBI Superintendent of Police R. Upasak told IANS.

He said the BRO officials have been accused of causing losses to the tune of Rs.2.74 crore to the central government exchequer.

The cases have been registered against former chief engineer Brig J.K. Narang, serving chief engineer I.R. Mathur and Lt. Col. Chanchal Jhamb. Mathur succeeded Brig Narang, currently posted in Delhi, in BRO's Shimla headquarters.

Owners of three Delhi-based firms -- Om Enterprises, Krishna Trader and Agency and Aggarwal Enterprises -- were also booked under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

As per the FIR, the BRO officials were involved in criminal conspiracy with the supplier firms and, in violation of the various provisions of general financial rules (GFR), procured several variable messaging systems at exorbitant rates through limited tender/single tenders and thereby caused wrongful loss to the tune of Rs.1.49 crore to the government.

The second case has been registered against Brig Narang, who was earlier posted here as chief engineer, Lt Col Jhamb and Siemens Enterprises Communication Pvt Ltd, New Delhi, on the allegations that the accused public servants procured telephone exchanges in 2009 from the company at a highly exorbitant rate.

During the raids on residential premises of Brig Narang, Rs.1.33 lakh cash, more than Rs.30 lakh in bank accounts, Rs.15 lakh in mutual funds and ornaments worth Rs.500,000 in a locker have been recovered.

Documents containing details about four plots, two flats and a two-storied building of valuation of more than Rs.1.50 crore, two cars in the name of the accused and his relatives have been found by the CBI officials, an official statement said.

During the search of premises of Mathur, papers of acquisition of a flat in Noida were seized beside seizure of jewellery worth Rs.600,000.

The CBI had arrested BRO official Captain Vikalp Purohit in Himachal Pradesh in 2010 while allegedly trying to sell 800 litres of diesel meant for the Project Deepak in the open market.

The BRO, an inter-services organisation under the defence ministry, maintains the strategically important highways in the state.

Project Deepak in Himachal Pradesh maintains, among others, the 222-km stretch between Manali and Sarchu, part of the 475-km Manali-Leh National Highway-21.

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