Delhi water tanker scam: Sheila Dikshit under scanner as ACB seeks accountant general's help for alleged rule violations
ACB has asked the Accountant General of Central Revenue if there were any violations in awarding contract of over 350 tankers by Sheila Dikshit government.
New Delhi: The Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) has asked the Accountant General of Central Revenue if there were any violations in awarding contract of over 350 tankers by the Congress government led by Sheila Dikshit.
The ACB was also probing whether Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was delaying the probe into the 358 stainless steel water tanker contract.
"The ACB has sought opinion from Accountant General Central Revenue and asked if there were any violations," ACB chief Mukesh Kumar Meena told IANS.
When asked if appointment of a consultant to overlook the tendering process that led to a loss of Rs 36.5 crore to the exchequer, Meena refused to comment.
According to the official sources, the ACB has found that a consultant had been appointed arbitrarily on nomination basis, causing the loss of Rs 36.5 crore.
Though the tender of a company was earlier rejected on the ground that it was the only application, work was later awarded to another company on the basis of a single tender.
Sources said the work was given at higher rates compared to the rates quoted by another firm at Rs 323.9 crore.
The Rs 400-crore water tanker scam involves alleged favouritism for private water tanker operators supplying water to areas falling outside the Delhi Jal Board's (DJB) network.
Earlier, the ACB had questioned Kejriwal's political adviser Vibhav Patel on 17 May and also summoned suspended AAP leader Kapil Mishra to join the probe.
Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.
Delhi seeks lockdown in potential COVID hotspots, WHO praises UP's pandemic response; tally at 88.74 lakh
Delhi recorded over one lakh new coronavirus cases and around 1,200 deaths between 1 and 16 November, prompting Arvind Kejriwal to seek power from the Centre to impose lockdown in those markets which may emerge as hotspots
The sudden spike in COVID-19 cases in Delhi comes amid the festive season and rising pollution levels. On Wednesday last week, Delhi recorded its highest single-day spike of 8,593 cases
Meanwhile, the Karnataka government announced that a COVID-19 RT-PCR negative test report will be mandatory for all teachers, students, and non-teaching staff part in degree, medical and engineering colleges