Parallel inquiry into ad scam not required: CID

Parallel inquiry into ad scam not required: CID

 The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is ‘actively’ considering writing to the government that no parallel “inquiry” is required into the multi-crore advertisement scam in the BBMP as the Lokayukta police are in an advanced stage of completing their investigation.

Based on a report submitted by BBMP assistant commissioner (advertisement) K A Mathai, the State government, on January 22, had asked the CID to “inquire and report” on the alleged Rs 2,000-crore advertisement scam.The CID, which is yet to begin its work, is waiting for a copy of the First Information Report (FIR) from the Lokayukta police.
“Once we get a copy of the FIR, we will take a formal decision on writing to the government saying that there is no need for an inquiry by us at this juncture,” a source in the CID told Deccan Herald.

Sources said that the CID is of the opinion that conducting an inquiry into the scam will result in duplication.
“The Lokayukta police is investigating the matter. We were told they are in the final stage of completing their job. What is the need to go through the same process again,” an officer asked.

The CID officials are also planning to say that it will be apt if they are asked to further investigate the case based on the Lokayukta findings.

“Once the Lokayukta police wind up their investigation and the government feels that there is a need to further probe it, we can take up the job,’’ another official said.

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