Staff Reporter

`Accused conspired, executed to award transport contract without proper procedure'

NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday carried out searches at various places in the Capital and other places after registering a case of criminal conspiracy and abuse of official position, causing pecuniary gain to others, against a former managing director of the Hotel Corporation of India (HCI) and six others.

Besides the former managing director, R.C. Aggarwal, the other accused named in the case are Rajesh Kashyap (former deputy general manager of HCI), A.V. Kharkar (former adviser, contract and purchase, HCI), P.K. Malhotra (former manager, Hotel Centaur, Delhi), D.H. Prasad (former manager, accounts and purchase, Hotel Centaur, Delhi), V.K. Malhotra (former deputy manager, accounts and purchase, Hotel Centaur, Delhi) and proprietor of Deep Travels, Pope Singh, of Kapashera.

The CBI alleged that the accused had hatched and executed a criminal conspiracy under which the contract for transportation of staff and guests of the hotel, awarded to Deep Travels in 1999, was extended again and again without following the prescribed procedures.

On a number of occasions, the services provided by Deep Travels were found to be deficient and recommendations were made for cancellation of the contracts. But the former managing director ignored them in connivance with the other accused. He even allowed the extension of contract on one pretext or the other, the CBI said.

"Deep Travels had also managed to obtain fresh contracts by producing registration papers of certain vehicles or luxury coaches, owned by other persons, and showing them as part of their fleet. But Deep Travels did not put these vehicles into service," the CBI added.

Following the registration of the case, the CBI sleuths raided residences of the accused. Eight places were raided in Delhi, while four others were raided in Gurgaon, Mahendergarh, Mumbai and Nagpur. No arrests have been made so far.