CBI probe in ‘irregularities’ in buying low-floor buses


New Delhi: Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena on Sunday approved a proposal to forward a complaint to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe alleged corruption in the purchase of 1,000 buses by the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC).

The complaint was registered by Naresh Kumar, principal secretary, Delhi Transport Corporation, in June. The complaint highlighted the premeditated move of appointing the transport minister as the chairman of the committee dealing with the tendering and procurement of buses by the DTC.

Irregularities in the July 2019 offer for the purchase of 1,000 low-floor BS-IV and BS-VI buses, as well as in the March 2020 offer for the purchase and annual maintenance contract for low-floor BS-VI buses, the complaint reads.

According to reports, the complaint has been forwarded to the chief secretary to seek comments from the concerned departments of the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD).

Following last year’s complaint, the bus purchase tender was cancelled.

The general secretary sent the deviations in the application procedure to the governor-general in August.

“The guidelines and general financial rules of the Central Vigilance Commission have been grossly violated,” the report said.

He also added that DIMTS was made a consultant on purpose so that discrepancies in the application process could be verified.

Based on this, the Chief Secretary recommended referring the case to the CBI, which was approved by the LG.

AAP’s reaction

Reacting to the CBI probe, the AAP government said, “The LG faces several serious corruption charges and such investigations are being conducted to divert attention.”

“After filing a frivolous complaint against three ministers (CM, Dy CM and Health Min), he has now filed a complaint against the fourth minister. First, he should respond to the corruption charges brought against him.”

Talking about the alleged irregularities in the purchase of the buses, the AAP replied, “These buses were never purchased and the tenders were cancelled. Delhi needs a more qualified LG.”

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