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CPWD engineer held on bribe charges

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NEW DELHI: A Central Public Works Department executive engineer has been arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation in a bribery case pertaining to a contract awarded by the Union Home Ministry to the National Projects Construction Corporation Limited for laying of high-altitude roads in Leh. The agency purportedly seized Rs.85 lakh at his instance.

Accused Rakesh Babu Garg worked at the office of Additional Director General (Border) CPWD, Nirman Bhawan. His name allegedly cropped up during investigations in the case registered a few days ago against NPCC (Faridabad) General Manager J. K. Sinha, his brother S. K. Sinha, who is a Ghaziabad-based contractor, NPCC (Dehra Dun) Joint General Manager S. K. Sharma, M.V. Rao, who is the director of a Hyderabad-based company, three other persons and the others.

“It was alleged that the NPCC (Faridabad) General Manager abused his official position and entered into a criminal conspiracy with other accused to illegally release mobilisation advance of Rs.16.71 crore in favour of a Mumbai-based company, which was subsequently transferred to the Hyderabad-based firm in a Rs.200 crore-contract pertaining to construction of a high altitude road in Leh,” said an official.

NPCC had awarded the work to the Mumbai-based company, which subcontracted it to the Hyderabad firm. According to the CBI, Mr. Rao paid bribe to Mr. Sharma at the instance of Mr. Singh. “The accused contractor had asked his three employees to deliver Rs.15 lakh to Mr. Sharma, who was in-charge of the road construction project,” said the official. All accused were arrested when the money was changing hands.

Searches at the residential and office premises of Mr. Sharma had allegedly led to seizure of Rs.59.94 lakh in cash, bank deposits and investments worth about Rs.23.60 lakh and a luxury car. “Searches at the residence of the Ghaziabad-based contractor yielded seizure of about Rs.44.4 lakh and documents. He was also arrested,” said the official.

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