ACB registers case in bed lifts scam
JAMMU, Oct 16: Teams of Anti-Corruption Bureau, Jammu today carried out searches at the houses of B S Dua (retired GM, SICOP), Jasvinder Singh Dua (MD, J&K Handicrafts Corporation) and A K Khullar (retired MD, SICOP) in connection with investigation of a case.
During the course of search in the house of Bhupinder Singh Dua, who had retired from SICOP as MD, the ACB team seized gold ornaments weighing 1.834 kg worth approximately Rs 68 lakh, 1.470 kg of Silver worth Rs 70,000 (approximately) and Rs 9,57,400 in cash.
Bhupinder Singh Dua has also constructed a palatial double storey house on a plot measuring two Kanals in posh Nanak Nagar area.
The gold, silver and cash were seized on spot. The search teams also recovered some incriminating documents from the houses of Jasvinder Singh Dua, MD, J&K Handicrafts Corporation and A K Khullar (retired MD, SICOP).
It is pertinent to mention here that the case was registered on the basis of verification conducted by the Anti-Corruption Bureau, Jammu into the allegations against Bhupinder Singh Dua, then Managing Director, SICOP for illegal appointment of his nephew S. Jasvinder Singh Dua in SICOP. Searches were conducted subsequent to registration of case.
Meanwhile, Police Station ACB Srinagar has registered a case against officers/ officials of JKPCC Ltd.
The FIR was registered on the basis of complaint and connected documents received through State Vigilance Commission.
On scrutiny of documents, it was revealed that J&K Project Construction Corporation Ltd. (JKPCC) during the year 2012-13 had floated tenders under different NITs for installation of 26 passenger bed lifts for District Hospital Baramulla, JLNM Hospital Rainawari and LD Hospital Srinagar to be designed and installed by successful bidders as per standard specifications/ IS codes, which were finally allotted to M/s Techno Industries Ltd., Ahmedabad through M/s Ace Consultants Fateh Kadal Srinagar.
The concerned authorities installed “B” category lifts instead of “A” category which resulted in huge loss to the State exchequer.
It was also established that under specified equipments/ components have been installed in the lifts by the concerned company in connivance with the officials/ Engineers of Mechanical Unit of JKPCC Ltd.
The investigation of the case is going on, an official handout said.