Vinay Kumar

NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday said it recovered over Rs.1 crore in cash from a general manager of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) after a case was registered against him and his superior for allegedly favouring a construction company for various contracts.

The CBI registered a case against NHAI chief general manager S.K. Nirmal, general manager Nitin Jain, managing director of Oriental Structure Private Limited K.S. Bakshi and one of his employees S.K. Dikshit, the agency said.

After filing the FIR in a court here, CBI investigators carried out searches at eight places in Delhi and Jaipur during which they claimed to have recovered Rs.48 lakh from the general manager's house and another Rs.52 lakh from his bank locker, besides 100 grams of gold.

The agency also said it recovered Rs.46 lakh from the chief general manager's house, besides 360 grams of gold and five kilograms of silver from his locker.

A CBI spokesman said the modus operandi of the NHAI officials was to eliminate all potential contenders on one pretext or the other to favour a particular company by ensuring huge financial gains to it.

Criminal conspiracy

It has been alleged that the NHAI officials entered into a criminal conspiracy with the managing director of the private firm and favoured his company in bagging contracts for a project in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, the CBI spokesman added.

The work included development, operation or maintenance of the four-laning of the Nagpur-Betul section of NH-69 in Maharashtra under the National Highways Development Project Phase-IV on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer basis through public-private partnership.

Eliminated

The NHAI received 13 offers for the project, of which four were rejected by the officials allegedly on frivolous grounds at the qualification stage.