Opening yet another front against the Delhi government, the BJP on Monday accused engineers of Delhi State Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation of indulging in corruption worth thousands of crores of rupees in the name of development work in unauthorised colonies.
BJP state president Vijender Gupta said the CBI had investigated into corruption and had forwarded a report to the chief vigilance officer of DSIIDC, recommending departmental action against 12 senior engineers found guilty of corruption. Gupta has also demanded filing of an FIR against the industry minister, and officers and engineers allegedly involved in the case.
“The CBI had forwarded its confidential report for action on February 22 to DSIIDC. But instead of taking action on the report, the city government promoted the corrupt engineers,” said Gupta.
“It clearly indicates the degree of corruption in the Delhi government and its departments, and their cover up attempt,” said Gupta. He said the CBI had also recommended imposing penalties against the engineers, which must be recovered immediately.
The incident dates back to November 2007 when the state cabinet had laid down guidelines for development work in 1,500 unauthorised colonies. As a result, large scale developmental work was to be undertaken in these colonies, which included laying roads and building drains. The work was awarded to DSIIDC and the irrigation and flood control department. It was completed by 2009.
“The CBI inspected these construction projects and found that work orders worth Rs 600 crore were divided into 884 orders deliberately to show them as less than Rs 1 crore each. This would not attract the mandatory approval of the chief technical examiner,” said Gupta.