New Delhi, 05 July: The CBI today registered a fresh case in connection with alleged irregularities in the Rs 1,500-crore Gomti riverfront development project in Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow. CBI also raided the premises of three Chief Engineers and six Superintending Engineers of the project early morning today.
The then Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, however, is not named as an accused in this case pertaining to alleged irregularities in Gomati Riverfront Development Project which was started during the Samajwadi Party government led by him. Several teams of the Central Investigation Agency have been conducting search operations at 40 places in Uttar Pradesh and one each in Rajasthan and Kolkata.
The Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government had ordered a CBI probe into irregularities committed by the Irrigation Department in the Gomati Riverfront beautification project.
According to the CBI, the accused public servants, signed an agreement worth 55.95 lakh euros with Strasbourg-based French company Aquatic Show for the supply and design of a musical fountain water show on the Gomti river without obtaining due approval from the government. Aquatic Show has also been made a defendant in the case.
The CBI also alleged that instead of following the prescribed procedure of tender, the project was given to Aquatic Show on the basis of quotation. Out of 673 works, 12 works worth ₹1,031 crore were investigated by the investigating agency in its first FIR. The second FIR pertains to 661 works worth Rs 407 crore.
Earlier, a committee appointed under the chairmanship of retired Allahabad High Court judge Alok Kumar Singh had pointed out prima facie irregularities in the project in its report dated 16 May 2017.