By Vivek Avasthi
New Delhi: Former engineer-in-chief of Noida Authority, Yadav Singh, who is being interrogated by the CBI in several corruption cases, has admitted to close links with top politicians of the ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh as well as leaders of the previous Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) government.
Sources say that Yadav is being more than cooperative with the interrogators. Earlier, whenever called for questioning by the agency he would be evasive.
The sudden change in approach could mean serious trouble for leaders of the Samajwadi Party and the BSP. Also, there is an uneasy calm in the offices of Noida Authority, Greater Noida Authority and Yamuna Expressway Authority.
Yadav was the engineer-in-chief of all these cash-rich authorities.
Sources say that names of at least three IAS officers and seven PCS officers are already with the agency. It has also drawn up a long list of engineers of the three authorities along with a number of those from the clerical staff. Questioning of these persons would start within next two weeks. Most of these names have either come from a secret diary of Yadav or have been dug out from his mobile call records.
Ever since the CBI and Enforcement Directorate registered cases against Yadav Singh and his associates, a majority of the clerical staff of the three authorities is desperately trying to get transferred.
The owners of all major contractors firms, who got tenders awarded in their favour during the regime of Yadav Singh, are equally restless. Many contractors are now either calling up their political masters in Lucknow or have already reached Lucknow to seek patronage and get an escape route from the CBI.
The CBI had unearthed details of at least 40 companies in which Yadav Singh's wife, daughter or close relatives were made directors. The other directors of these companies are also incommunicado as they fear they would be next to be interrogated.