The CBI has arrested Engineering Projects India Limited CMD SPS Bakshi and six others in a case of alleged bribery.
The probe agency also arrested EPIL Executive Directors Harcharan Pal, Kapil Tara and four private persons in the case.
“It is alleged that the officials demanded bribe from the private firm (builder from Raipur) for favouring the company in the award of the contract for the construction of Mega Urban Educational Complex at Pallur Hills, Kainisi in Ganjam district Odisha,” CBI spokesperson RK Gaur told reporters in New Delhi on Monday.
A case of criminal conspiracy and corruption has been registered against the accused.
The probe agency alleged that Bakshi in conspiracy with others had deputed his staff to collect Rs 10 lakh as a part payment of the total agreed amount of gratification from one hawala operator based at Chandni Chowk, Delhi.
The staff was intercepted by CBI while allegedly receiving the said bribe.
Interestingly, in the past several EPIL officials had approached Bureaucracy Today for a platform to air their grievances against the alleged malpractices of the CMD and the irregularities going on in the PSU.
Bureaucracy Today had also reported several incidences in the past which reflected anomalies going on in the Miniratna PSU under the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.
In the past, we had also reported how the Sultanate of Oman had rapped the Engineering Projects India Limited for alleged unprofessionalism and substandard work quality.
The case pertained to the EPIL bagging a prestigious international project of erecting a border security fence between Oman and Yemen in March 2013. An Indian agency bagging such a strategic project, which was seen as a part of Oman's bid to prevent a Tahrir Square-like uprising in Yemen, assumed significance since the Sultanate is one of India’s most trusted allies in the Gulf region. However, confidential documents in possession of Bureaucracy Today revealed that the Omani authorities were not satisfied with the EPIL and have expressed their disappointment over the company’s “lack of professionalism” and “substandard” work.
Bakshi that time had vehemently refuted the allegations and had told Bureaucracy Today that It was a “very big conspiracy to malign” his image.
Bureaucracy Today had also reported how Bakshi was given “illegal” extension by violating norms and without the approval of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.
In another report, we had revealed shocking irregularities allegedly committed by the EPIL while awarding a project of floodlighting the sensitive Indo-Bangladesh border in Mizoram to a private construction company which also came under the Central Vigilance Commission scanner.