1. CBI registers case against ex-Health Secretary of Delhi Government

CBI registers case against ex-Health Secretary of Delhi Government

The CBI today searched the residence and office of former Delhi health secretary Tarun Seem for alleged corruption in hiring private security firms for enhancing security at Delhi hospitals.

By: | New Delhi | Published: May 4, 2017 11:43 PM
Delhi Cabinet, Tarun Seem, Delhi Government, CBI, ex-Health Secretary It is alleged that the contract was given to these agencies in violation of general financial rules, Central Vigilance Commission’s guidelines, and tendering procedures and transaction of business rules, CBI sources said.(PTI)

The CBI today searched the residence and office of former Delhi health secretary Tarun Seem for alleged corruption in hiring private security firms for enhancing security at Delhi hospitals. Seem, a 1992-batch Indian Revenue Service officer, as the health secretary of the Delhi government had awarded contract to three private security firms–Knightwatch Security Limited, Innovisions Limited and SIS India Limited in May 2016.

It is alleged that the contract was given to these agencies in violation of general financial rules, Central Vigilance Commission’s guidelines, and tendering procedures and transaction of business rules, CBI sources said. The contract was allegedly given in a non-transparent manner in April, 2016 with no advertisement or tender issued, they said.

The agency alleged that no prior approval of Lieutenant Governor or Delhi cabinet was taken.

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The sources said the cabinet’s approval was taken retrospectively on June, 2016 after the deployment of guards from these private security agencies in May last year.

“Such retrospective approvals are taken only in the cases of extreme emergencies. There was no such emergency as the hospitals were being secured by ex-servicemen provided by Director General of Resettlement at a much cheaper rates,” an official said.

The CBI has alleged that the contract was awarded to these private agencies on the basis of nomination and even the estimates of cost involved were provided by the companies themselves. they said guards were hired for positions which were not sanctioned.

The related file was not sent to the administrative reforms department for sanction, they said.

The search operation was conducted by the CBI after registering a case on the basis of the findings of the Shunglu Committee which were referred to the probe agency by the vigilance department of the Delhi government with the approval of Lt Governor.

The searches took place at the residence and office of Seem and three security firms–Knightwatch, Innovision and SIS India–and some unidentified persons.

The CBI has alleged that the total cost of work was approx Rs 10.50 crore and “huge” loss was caused to the exchequer.

“Searches are being conducted today at the office & residential premises of accused at Delhi and NCR,” a CBI official said.

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    Hari
    May 8, 2017 at 8:39 pm
    This is India where people speaking truth are strangled and killed by opponents. Kapil Mishra is also facing same awkward situation while corrupts are enjoying power. The corrupt politicians are real enemy of this country who looted resources of country in last 70 years resulted in poverty and backwardness all over country. Even today politicians are not serious and are not thinking about rapid development of country. The regional parties are run by individual for self and family by abusing power and with sole objective to loot resources of state. These parties have no democracy and it is one man show and rest of leaders are working to please their masters. Modi committed to curb CORRUPTION and rapid DEVELOPMENT of country in past parliamentary and subsequent embly elections which was only a false promise. The 80 wealth of country are owned by two dozen Capitalists, 15 by politicians and 5 owned by rest of population. BJP miserably failed in containing massive corruption.
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