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NDMC’s ex-secy under CVC scanner for renewing Taj Man Singh’s lease

Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has sought files from New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) pertaining to corruption complaint against IAS officer Santosh Vaidya who is presently posted as a director in Prime Minister’s Office.

Sources told Millennium Post that CVC had received complaints against Vaidya of allegedly favouring Taj Man Singh hotel by extending its lease without any increase in tariff which led to loss to ex-chequer. Vaidya was posted as secretary, NDMC from 2010 to 2012.

‘A revenue of 30 per cent could have been generated had the official renewed the lease on increased tariff, however, he didn’t do it,’ sources said, adding that, ‘After scrutinising the complaint all documents pertaining to this issue has been sought from the NDMC for perusal.’

Sources further said that a parliament committee inquiry has already been done in connection with this issue which had observed that Vaidya’s decision did led to loss to the public exchequer.

‘We received the complaint after an inquiry by the parliament committee and now we have written to the concerned ministries on why no action was taken despite committee’s observations,’ the souce said. Vaidya has also served Delhi Jal Board and Government of Goa earlier.

A tiff over the decision to auction Taj Man Singh hotel is already going on between NDMC, urban development ministry and ministry of home affairs (MHA).

After the 33-year-old lease agreement between NDMC and Tata group’s Indian Hotels, which runs a chain of hotels and resorts under the Taj brand, ended in October 2011, the civic body had twice extended the agreement by a year despite the urban development ministry seeking the property’s auction.
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