CBI alleges that Rakesh Mohan took a bribe of over 3 crore to award a contract
Raids carried out at 13 places in Delhi and Haryana Owner of a private infrastructure firm also named in FIR
NEW DELHI: Former Delhi Jal Board Chief Executive Officer Rakesh Mohan has been booked in a corruption case by the Central Bureau of Investigation that conducted raids at over a dozen places here in the Capital and neighbouring Haryana on Tuesday.
The owner of a private infrastructure company has also been named in the FIR.
A CBI official said later in the day that raids were carried out at 13 places in all and several incriminating documents pertaining to the case have been recovered. No one has been arrested so far.
In the FIR, the CBI alleged that Rakesh Mohan had accepted a bribe of over Rs. 3 crore from Vijay Kataria, owner of Kaveri Infrastructure Private Limited, to award a contract of Rs. 35.84 crore to his company.
The Delhi Jal Board had invited tenders on November 9, 2004, for re-laying and renovation of water pipelines in some areas of the Capital. This was to be done using a specific technology in which there was apparently no need to dig trenches.
In response to the tender notice, six firms responded and three were short-listed by the Jal Board.
Subsequently, however, the scope of work was changed. Earlier it was proposed to carry out works from A-2 Park Janakpuri to Janak Cinema in West Delhi and from Hindu Rao to Jhandewalan reservoir in Central Delhi.
Later it was decided to renovate 3.5 km of South Delhi mains between Haiderpur water treatment plant and Mangolpuri.
Also, a 0.5-km stretch between Sonia Chowk and Vikas Kunj (a distance of 4 km) and 2 km of water pipeline from Pul Bangash to Idgah (emanating from Chandrawal water works) were to be renovated as per the new work order.
According to the CBI, the consortium asked for a mobilisation advance of 10 per cent of the contract value, which the Jal Board allowed, despite this not being mentioned in the tender document. Further, the rate at which the contract was awarded was much higher than the rates for laying new pipelines of similar dimensions.
The FIR also stated that even the technology that was supposed to be used was not meant for renovation of water pipelines but was suitable only for increasing the carrying capacity of the pipes already laid.