CID begins gathering evidence

Staff Reporter
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The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has begun gathering evidence against a large number of officials, contractors and “non-officials” allegedly involved in the multi-crore scam in awarding piecework contracts in the Upper Krishna Project (UKP) between 1995 and 1998.

The CID has lodged a First Information Report (FIR) in the Vidhana Soudha police station against unnamed persons. No one has been named in the accused column, an official said.

“The documents available with the CID pertaining to the case run into thousands of pages. We have to scrutinise at least 8,000 pages of documents,” Director-General of Police, CID, Shankar M. Bidari told The Hindu .

Referring to allegations of political vendetta, Mr. Bidari said the CID had acted without fear or favour and without malice towards anyone.

“Investigation has just started and we are in constant touch with experts for opinions pertaining to the case,” he said.

Charges of irregularities relating to the project hit the headlines over a decade ago.

The FIR is the result of a public interest litigation (PIL) petition filed in the Karnataka High Court by retired Chief Engineer H.T. Somashekar Reddy, who is secretary of the Karnataka Corruption Eradication Committee, seeking a CBI probe.

After hearing the petition, a Division Bench comprising the then Chief Justice, P.D. Dinakaran, and Justice Mohan Shanthanagoudar in November 2009 directed the petitioner to file a representation seeking a CBI probe with the Chief Secretary within six weeks. A representation was filed before the Chief Secretary in January 2010 seeking a CBI probe. The State Government, on December 20, 2010, ordered a CID investigation into the matter, officials said.

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