ACB registers case against engineers of CUK, beneficiary firm for malpractices
Srinagar: The Anti Corruption Bureau has registered a case against some officials of Central University of Kashmir for malpractices in the execution of works at the varsity campus in Ganderbal district.
According to an ACB spokesperson, the case was registered on the basis of a verification conducted which revealed that e-tender floated by Central University of Kashmir (CUK) authorities for construction of Academic Block with an advertised cost of Rs 4,40,41,780.00.
The work was allotted to M/S Granco Industries Ltd as being L-1. “The item of work of RCC bored piling forming part of foundation for executed building work was shown as 600 mm diameter, while the spot inspection conducted by ACB in association with concerned experts found the diameter to be 450 mm in gross contravention/violation to NIT. The specification was found altered/changed under the garb of a corrigendum which was neither issued nor published in the official website,” ACB said.
It said that despite alteration/change in diameter of RCC bored piling, the rates quoted for 600mm diameter were willfully kept intact and subsequently paid.
This resulted into loss to the tune of Rs 71.61 lakhs to the CUK against corresponding wrongful gain to officers officials of the varsity who remained associated with the work as well as beneficiary firm M/S Granco Industries Limited Rajbagh, Srinagar, the ACB said, adding it constitutes offences punishable under section 5(1)(d) r/w 5(2) of PC Act. Svt. 2006 and section 120-B RPC.
So case was registered against Reyaz Ahmad Jeelani, then Executive Engineer (now retired); Syed Ahmad Gurkhoo, then JE, CUK, Ganderbal; Suhail Bashir, then JE CUK Ganderbal; proprietor of M/S Granco Industries Limited Rajbagh, Srinagar and others.
As part of investigation searches were conducted after obtaining search warrant from the court. During the course of search, incriminating documents were found and seized, the ACB said.