Govt orders FIRs into Delhi Jal Board contracts under Sheila Dikshit rule

Written by Express news service | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 11 2014, 17:02pm hrs
The AAP government directed the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) to register FIRs in three cases of alleged irregularities in the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) when the Congress government was in power. The alleged irregularities caused a loss of Rs 341 crore to the state exchequer, sources said.

The government has asked the ACB to probe irregularities, if any, in allotting work to a private company at the DJBs Bhagirathi water treatment plant in Northeast Delhi at a highly inflated cost, which allegedly resulted in a loss of Rs 158 crore to the government.

The probe has been ordered following complaints that there was gross violation of the CPWD manual, the Chief Ministers Office said in a statement on Monday.

The second case pertains to alleged financial irregularities in the purchase of four lakh AMR (automatic meter readers) and non-AMR water meters with a purported intent to favour one particular company, which resulted in a loss of around Rs 150 crore to the government.

In the third case, it is alleged that 3.5 lakh non-AMR water meters were purchased on the basis of a single tender to benefit a particular private company, which led to an approximate loss of Rs 33 crore to the state exchequer, the statement said.

The Delhi government said it has been receiving complaints from various quarters about these alleged frauds and directed the ACB to proceed in a thorough manner to get to the root of the scams, if any. There are allegations of fraud purportedly committed by DJB board members, engineers, contractors, consultants and some other individuals are also involved, it said.

The government has found that prima facie, cases are made out in all the three matters. In the case of Bhagirathi plant, a petition had already been filed in the Delhi High Court with an appeal to register an FIR in the alleged scam, the statement said.