The ACB found misconduct and loss of about Rs92 crore to the government in awarding a contract to build a dam over the Balganga river in Raigad
Thane Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Tuesday filed a first information report (FIR) against six government employees and a private contractor for causing a loss of Rs92 crore in the dam project on Balganga River.
In a release, the ACB said, its probe revealed misconduct by the family of contractor FA Enterprises and six officials from the Water Resources Department in awarding the contract to build a dam over the Balganga river in Raigad, thus causing a loss of Rs92 crore to the government.
The ACB had started the inquiry on December 2014.
ACB said, during the inquiry, it found that the contractor FA Enterprises floated a fictitious firm RN Nayak & Sons, which also participated in the bidding process. The tender was floated by Konkan Irrigation Development Corp (KIDC) in 2009 in which four firms, including FA Enterprises/Construction and RN Nayak participated.
Fateh Mohammed Khatri, Nisar Khatri, Jaitun Khatri, Abid Khatri and Jahid Khatri of the FA Enterprises prepared duplicate letterheads of RN Nayak & Sons and even paid the demand draft of Rs25 lakh required for the bidding, from their account. The Khatris even provided a bank guarantee of Rs1.52 crore from submitting the bogus tender on behalf of RN Nayak & Sons, the ACB said.
The officials from KIDD and Water Resources Department, by using sketches from Shai irrigation project, prepared a detailed project report for the dam on Balganga River. Without even obtaining necessary permissions from the Water Supply and Sanitation Department, these officials prepared false entries for the tender.
Even though FA Construction was not qualified for participating in the bidding as it was already working on six other projects, the officials allowed it to submit and win the tender.
The FIR names Shirish Gopalrao Babar, the then Executive Director of Konkan Irrigation Department, Balasaheb Bhausaheb Patil, the then Chief Engineer for Konkan Region, Ramachandra Dagdu Shinde, the then Superintending Engineer of Thane Irrigation Circle, Ananda Pandurang Kalukhe, the then Executive Engineer of Raigad Irrigation Dept-1 (Kolad), Rajesh Chandrakant Rithe, the then Deputy Engineer at Kolad and Vijay Raghunath Kasat, the then Engineer at Kolad. All the accused have been booked for cheating and forgery under the Indian Penal Code and for graft and misconduct under the Prevention of Corruption Act.