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CBI files charge sheet against Yadav Singh, four others in graft case

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday filed a charge sheet in a Ghaziabad court against former chief engineer of Noida Authority Yadav Singh and four others in a corruption case related to the laying of underground cables.

Singh, JSP Constructions and four others have been charged with criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and corruption, the agency said here.

The work for laying underground cables from Sector 14 A to Mahamaya flyover at a cost of Rs 20.78 crore and Film City flyover to Cambridge School in Noida at a cost of 17.32 crore was awarded to JSP Constructions in 2011. The CBI, during its probe, found that it was decided in advance as to who will get the contracts.

Estimates were inflated, the bill of quantities was changed and there was a cartel formation among contractors to make JSP Constructions the lowest bidder, the charge sheet stated.

The tender was opened in August-September 2011 but the work had started in April, it alleged. The CBI had in March last year filed a charge sheet against Singh and had kept the probe open. After concluding the investigation, it filed a separate charge sheet on Friday.

Also, it has filed a supplementary charge sheet against the wife of an employee of the North Okhla Industrial Development Authority over alleged corruption. The case was handed over to the CBI on the directives of the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court.

The investigation agency had last year said: "An FIR alleged that the then chief engineer, Noida and Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities had entered into a criminal conspiracy with unidentified persons, firms and awarded various contracts without following the laid down procedures, causing undue pecuniary gain to the tune of crores of rupees to private firms and himself."
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