Delhi: CBI books 2 DMRC officials for corruption in awarding fibre optics contract

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has detained two former high-ranking officials of the Delhi Metro Company (DMRC), among others, for alleged corruption in the transmission network’s optical fiber tender. The officials were identified as Prashant Rao, then CEO, and Madan Pal, then Deputy General Manager.

The agency has also booked a company identified as M/s Tejas Network Limited.

According to CBI, Tejas Network has been awarded a tender for the design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of Fiber Optic Transmission and Wide Area Network System for the Delhi Metro Project Phase – Phase III. Ball was allegedly responsible for preparing estimates, bidding and bidding, and was also a member of the bid evaluation committee.

A management investigation by the DMRC in 2018 found that numerous irregularities had been committed in the award of the contract. This included preparing estimates on a single quotation for Tejas, allowing eligible agencies to undertake projects of only Rs 30 crore in the bid which entailed Rs 49 crore, no bidding envelopes etc.

“It was also revealed… that during the income tax raid on the premises of Tejas Network Ltd., some documents indicating that a bribe was paid to a certain public employee of the DMRC and another organization to obtain some contracts were confiscated. The documents included WhatsApp conversations and loose papers indicating the ratio Percentage reductions given to DMRC employees to obtain projects from them,” CBI FIR said.

These actions expose recognizable crimes that amount to criminal conspiracy, fraud, and criminal misconduct, the agency said.

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