‘He awarded contract to a firm and caused loss of Rs. 1 crore’
The deputy chief security officer of All-India Institute of Medical Sciences has been booked by the Central Bureau of Investigation for allegedly entering into a conspiracy to favour a private firm, thereby causing a loss of Rs.1 crore to the exchequer. The managing director of the firm has also been booked.
The agency initiated investigations into the matter following receipt of a complaint alleging that AIIMS Deputy Chief Security Officer Rajiv Lochan had conspired with Kamaljit Singh, owner of Janakpuri-based Prehari Protection Services, to overlook eligibility criteria enumerated in the tender for provision of private security personnel in the AIIMS complex.
According to the CBI, the tender process had been initiated in 2008 inviting the bids from private parties. The selection procedure was completed in a year and the tender was finally awarded to Prehari Protection Services for a period of about three years, till 2012.
CBI investigations revealed that there was an alleged prior arrangement between Mr. Lochan and Singh on the basis of which certain eligibility criteria mentioned in the tender document were overlooked while assessing his candidature. “During the scrutiny, some other parties were disqualified on the same rounds, but despite not meeting those conditions, Mr. Singh’s company managed to bag the tender,” said a CBI official, adding that money in excess of the agreed amount was also allegedly paid to the private party.
Based on the findings, the agency has registered a case of cheating, conspiracy and forgery for the purpose of cheating under the Indian Penal Code besides other offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Subsequently searches were carried out on Saturday at the official and residential premises of the accused persons.