CBI books top BRO officials, raids houses

After booking senior officials of Project Deepak — a wing of Border Road Organisation's (BRO) in Himachal Pradesh — for their alleged role in irregularities committed in purchases, the CBI on Friday raided their premises, where it found disproportionate assets worth crores.

Those booked included former chief engineer Brig J K Narang, incumbent chief engineer I R Mathur and Lt Colonel Chanchal Jhamb — all having been posted in Shimla. The CBI had lodged two separate FIRs against the accused.

According to the CBI, besides these officials, who had allegedly caused a loss to Rs 1.49 crore, the agency has also named owners of three Delhi-based firms — Om Enterprises, Krishna Trader and Agency and Aggarwal Enterprises — in the FIR registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act. The FIR also stated that the BRO officials were part of criminal conspiracy and had joined hands with supplier firms and placed orders at exorbitant prices to purchase telephone EPABX system during 2009. The CBI has also claimed that Narang and Jhamb had favoured Delhi-based firm Siemens Enterprises Communication Pvt Ltd.

On Friday, during the raids on Narang residence in Noida, the CBI had recovered Rs 1.33 lakh in cash, over Rs 30 lakh in bank accounts, Rs 15 lakh in mutual funds and ornaments worth Rs 5 lakh. Documents seized also showed details of four plots, two flats and a two-storied building of worth nearly Rs 1. 50 crore and two cars. During the raid at Mathur's place, the CBI had found papers of a flat at Noida, besides jewellery worth Rs 6 lakh.

Project Deepak maintains, among others, the 222-km-long Manali-Leh highway.

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