Lucknow: The CBI has raided a total of 42 places in three states in connection with the multi-crore scam in the Gomti River Front, the dream project of the Akhilesh Yadav government of Samajwadi Party. Apart from the then engineers of the Irrigation Department, contractors were also brought in the action. The raids, which started on Monday morning, continued till Tuesday evening.
In the previous SP government, on the lines of the Sabarmati River Front, the work of building the Gomti River Front on the banks of the Gomti river in Lucknow at a cost of about Rs 1500 crore was started. Later, when the Yogi government came in UP, it started investigating the scam in the allocation of the contracts of River Front. In the investigation, it was found that the institutions working for the river front had not completed the work even after spending 95 percent of the budget.
Work distributed to blacklisted companies
The investigation revealed that the engineers involved in the construction work of River Front distributed the work to several blacklisted companies. Not only this, bought unnecessarily expensive goods from abroad. There is also an allegation of not getting the work done according to the map. Earlier also an FIR was registered by the CBI in this connection. Along with this, the Enforcement Directorate also took action.
In this episode, on Friday, the Anti Corruption Branch of CBI Lucknow registered an FIR of about 100 pages in this regard, in which 189 people were named. Those named include sixteen then officers of the Irrigation Department, who are accused of issuing contracts in connivance. In this regard, on Monday, different teams of CBI raided 13 districts of Uttar Pradesh as well as 42 places in Kolkata and Alwar (Rajasthan).
action in many places
In Uttar Pradesh, along with the capital Lucknow, action was taken in Ghaziabad, Bareilly, Gautam Budh Nagar, Sitapur, Bulandshahr, Agra, Rae Bareilly, Etawah. Teams at all places have not only scrutinized the documents related to the scam but have also confiscated them. Some cash and mobiles were also seized during the operation. According to CBI sources, after the investigation of the seized document, the action will be taken forward. There is also news that the heat of the investigation can reach even the top officers and leaders.
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