Rs 158 crore scam: CBI raids NF Rly headquarters

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GUWAHATI, July 11: Sleuths of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday conducted raids in 14 locations in Guwahati in connections with one Rs 158 crore scam in the Northeast Frontier Railway (Construction Organisation) at Maligaon.

The raids were conducted at several offices of public relation officer (PRO), official quarters and private residences of six railway officials in search of some papers relating to the release of advertisements and payment of bills for them.

The CBI has already registered a suo-motu case (No 06/2019) against six officials of NF Railway (Construction Organisation), who had issued advertisements to a section of New Delhi and Bihar-based newspapers, which have not existence in the markets.

The NF Railway (Construction Organisation) is responsible for execution of all construction works in the eight states of Northeast, including parts of West Bengal and Bihar.

The six railway officers, between 2014 and 2018, siphoned off Rs 158 crore by issuing advertisements to a large number of bogus and non-existing newspapers and magazines based in Bihar and New Delhi.

The CBI seized a bunch of documents, bank passbooks and computer hard discs from all the 14 locations for investigations.

However, the CBI is yet to make any official statement on the raids. While the officials issued advertisements of tenders to bogus and non-existent newspapers and magazines, it also helped a section of contractors and suppliers to get the contracts from the back door.

“When the advertisements are published in bogus newspapers, how will the genuine contractors and suppliers get to know about the work,” the sources said.

Taking advantage of the invisible advertisements, a section of dishonest contractors got the construction jobs by bribing the senior officials.

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