CID to probe UKP irregularities

Yeddyurappa had, on Saturday, indicated that he would order a CBI probe into the irregularities. However, the cabinet decided to ask the CID, the state’s investigative agency, to probe the matter.

Higher Education Minister Dr V S Acharya told reporters on Monday that the government chose CID over CBI, as it was a policy decision of all BJP-ruled states not to hand over any inquiry to the latter.

The Cabinet decision comes in the midst of JD(S)’ tirade against the BJP government, particularly Yeddyurappa, for allegedly denotifying valuable government land to favour members of his family. 

Acharya said that the Deve Gowda-led Janata Dal government had allotted contracts in violation of the work contract code and caused losses to the tune of Rs 73 crore to the state’s exchequer.

There were also complaints regarding de-watering and other components of the work, amounting to a total loss of Rs 85 crore.

The House Committee on Estimates, headed by Vyjanath Patil, had then stated that the government committed grave irregularities by issuing special orders for awarding contracts on piece work basis, worth up to a maximum of Rs 2.5 crore and in special cases up to Rs 5 crore.

Patil had recommended a CBI probe into the issue. However, the then chief minister J H Patel refused to order a CBI probe, even though the Congress - which was then in the Opposition - sought a CBI probe.

H T Somashekhar Reddy, a retired chief engineer, had moved the High Court against the irregularities in allotting work contracts. The court, earlier this year, asked the petitioner to appeal to the government for an inquiry into the irregularities.

Acharya said that the government decided to order a CID probe into the matter, in view of the court’s direction.

The JD(S) said it welcomed the probe ordered by the government and would face it.

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