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CBI raids 16 locations in Rs 2,200 crore Kiru Project scam

Last Updated on July 7, 2022 at 8:32 pm

The Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) today conducted raids at 16 locations in Jammu, Srinagar, Delhi, Mumbai and Patna. Most of these are associated with IAS officer and former Principal Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir Navin Choudhary. These raids were conducted in connection with Rs 2200 crore scam in allotment of civil works of Kiru hydro-electric power project to a private company in 2019.

During the raids, the CBI discovered confidential documents, technological equipment, and over Rs 21 lakh in cash. The officers found that Anita Choudhary, the wife of Navin Choudhary, received Rs 28 lakh per annum from KK Resorts as well as the shell company for rendering accountancy work despite having no such experience. They also discovered that various shell companies had been floated in New Delhi by Amrendra Kumar Singh. His flats were also raided today.

CBI raided:

-KK Resorts at Talab Tillo Bohri which is owned by Vijay Gupta

-Vijay Gupta’s residence at 62/2 Trikuta Nagar

-Vijay Gupta’s nephew, Ricky Gupta son of Dharampal Gupta’s property at 7 D/C Gandhi Nagar

-Rakesh Kumar Gupta, Chartered Accountant’s property at 109-B AD Gandhi Nagar

-Ritesh Gupta son of Pradeep Gupta R/o H No. 318 Lane No. 11 at Talab Tillo Bohri

-Shahid Ahmad Kamili, another middleman, a resident of Building No. 439 D-1/4, Government Colony at Bemina, Srinagar

-SIDCO Industrial Estate at Rangreth Srinagar, owned by Kamili

The CBI has collected cash worth Rs 11 lakh from Vijay Gupta’s KK Resorts in Talab Tillo Bohri and about Rs 10 lakh from his home. The agency has asked him to provide details of the origins of cash. As of now, he has failed to give any satisfactory answer.

The CBI claimed in its FIR that e-tendering rules were not adhered to while awarding the contract for the civil works package of the Kiru hydroelectric power project. After the FIR was filed, the CBI also carried out a series of searches.

According to sources, the case was registered on charges of malpractices in the awarding of the contract worth around Rs 2,200 crore to a private company. This contract was awarded for civil works of the Kiru Hydro Electric Power Project (HEP) in the year 2019.

The CBI has booked Navin Kumar Choudhary, M S Babu, former MD, M K Mittal and Arun Kumar Mishra, former Directors and Patel Engineering Ltd in its investigation so far.

Sources informed that during investigation, CBI discovered the alleged role of middlemen, including the then chairman, and financial exchanges between these middlemen and public servants. As a result, searches are being carried out in 16 places to further expose the nexus.

Satyapal Malik, who served as the governor of Jammu and Kashmir till 2019, said he was offered a Rs 300 crore bribe in exchange for approving two files.