‘Corruption’ in hydel power project contract award: CBI raids several locations across the country


The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday carried out raids on the premises of a senior IAS officer and three former officers of Chenab Valley Power Projects (P) Ltd at several locations across the country as part of of its investigation into corruption charges in the awarding of the contract for a hydel power project to a Mumbai-based company in Jammu and Kashmir in 2019.

Identification of IAS Officer serving as Principal Secretary of J&K Agricultural Production and Farmer Welfare Naveen Kumar Choudhary and former senior executives of Chenab Valley Power Projects (P) Ltd as former Managing Director MS Babu and two former administrators MK Mittal and Arun Kumar Mishra, sources said searches were currently underway at their premises in Jammu, Bihar, Delhi, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram.

Sources added that Choudhary was the Managing Director of Chenab Valley Power Projects (P) Ltd when the contract was awarded.

Last month, the government of Jammu and Kashmir approached the CBI to carry out investigations to determine the truth behind the corruption charges made by Governor of Meghalaya, Satya Pal Malik, who claimed that during his tenure as governor from J&K, he was offered Rs 300 crore. as a bribe to delete two files, including one linked to an RSS leader.

While asking the CBI to carry out an investigation, Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha had said: “As a person in high office had asked for something to be done, we had given our consent to the CBI for investigations in both cases. The truth will come out once the investigation is over,” he told reporters here.


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