LG approves CBI probe in irregularities in procurement of low floor buses

LG approves CBI probe in irregularities in procurement of low floor buses

New Delhi: Delhi Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena has approved a proposal to forward a complaint to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe alleged irregularities in the procurement of 1000 low floor buses by the DTC, sources in LG office said on Sunday.

In June this year, the complaint addressed to the LG had claimed that the appointment of Minister of Transport as the Chairman of the Committee for tendering and procurement of buses by DTC in a pre-mediated manner and appointment of DIMTS as bid management consultant for this tender were aimed at facilitating wrongdoing, official sources added.

It had also alleged irregularities in the bid of July 2019 for procurement of 1000 low floor BS-IV and BS-VI buses and another bid of March 2020 for the purchase and annual maintenance contract of low floor BS-VI buses, sources said.

The complaint was forwarded to the chief secretary on July 22 for eliciting the comments from the departments of the Delhi government.

The report submitted by the chief secretary on August 19, containing observations of the transport department, the vigilance department and the DTC, brought into light serious discrepancies in the tendering process, blatant deviation from the CVC guidelines and GFR and deliberate co-option of DIMTS. The report, thus, substantiated the claims made in the complaint, official sources said.

The chief secretary recommended referring the matter to the CBI, which was approved by the LG, official sources said.

UNI

 

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