Trivendra Singh Rawat, Chief Minister Uttarakhand, taking a U-Turn on his earlier decision to seek a CBI probe into the “major scam” in road projects, would now seek legal opinion on the scope of such probe.
Rawat’s changed his stand after meeting with Nitin Gidkari, Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping and Yudhvir Singh Malik, Chairman, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
On April 5, Gadkari had warned in a letter to Rawat that a CBI probe into the alleged scam would delay the road projects in the state.
“would have an adverse impact on the morale of the officers” and the ministry “would have to re-examine the usefulness for taking up more projects in the state” as reported by IndianExpress
Initial report detected a scam worth Rs 240 crore :
On March 25, Rawat sought a CBI probe, after initial report detected a scam of Rs 240 crore, in the acquisition of farmland in Udham Singh Nagar district. Quantum of amount was supposed to rise as only 18 cases were detected till then.
“Irregularities worth Rs 240 crore have been detected in the acquisition of farmland for the purpose of the proposed NH-74 in Udham Singh Nagar district between 2011-2016. Farmland was shown as non-agricultural land to increase the compensation amount by at least 20 times to benefit chosen stakeholders and beneficiaries,” Rawat quoted
Does Gidkari’s warning a arm-twisting to the sate government :
Gadkari was clearly concerned about as this would adversely impact the morale of the officers and hence the road projects thereon. He concluded the letter with a warning that state government should re-examine the course of actions, as otherwise, if NHAI officers morale gets impacted, then this would delay the road projects.
“greatly concerned about recent developments in the state”, “actions by the government of Uttarakhand are bound to have adverse impact on the morale of the officers and would impede implementation of projects” Gadkari wrote in the letter
Twisting may sound subjective but objective was not to held up the road projects in the state, as such action will impact the determination of the officers. Rawat amplified that NHAI, State & Center Government believed in zero tolerance against corruption.
Source : IE