ACB searches Delhi government offices over BRT dismantling case

New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) The Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) on Wednesday carried out searches at the offices of Delhi government’s Transport Department and Public Works Department in connection with the alleged irregularities in dismantling of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor.

Reacting to the raid, Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Satyendar Jain said that the entire tender was of worth Rs 3.91 crore but suspended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator O.P. Sharma alleged that it is of Rs 15 crore.

The ACB action came after a complaint was filed by Sharma on July 11 alleging a scam of nearly Rs 15 crore in the Delhi government project to dismantle the 6.2 km BRT corridor in south Delhi.

“We have sent our officers to the Transport Department and the PWD offices to collect documents related to the dismantling of the BRT corridor,” ACB Chief Mukesh Kumar Meena told IANS.

Jain said that the raid was conducted without registration of any First Information Report in the matter.

Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the raids and said that the central government has not learnt any lesson even after the Supreme Court ruled against the BJP on Arunachal Pradesh Assembly issue.

“ACB conducted searches (at the) offices of PWD in (connection with) dismantling of BRT corridor… it seems (the) centre has not learnt any lesson even after a setback given by Supreme Court on Arunachal Pradesh assembly issue,” Sisodia tweeted.

In his another tweet, he said that on the demand of public, he was the first to hammer BRT corridor and he is ready to go behind the bars for meeting the demand of his people.

“Don’t understand the slap of people and court, if Modi has courage then send us to jail. But you can not stop the truth,” he said.

In a setback to the Centre, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the restoration of ousted Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in Arunachal Pradesh as it quashed Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa’s decision to prepone the assembly session from January 2016 to December.



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