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CAG audit of Noida, Gr Noida authorities to expose skeletons in UP cupboard

CBI is already probing Noida land deals for alleged kickbacks and shady transactions

Virendra Singh Rawat  |  Lucknow 

CAG audit of Noida, Gr Noida authorities to expose skeletons in UP cupboard

The decision of the government to recommend in the functioning of cash-rich Noida, Greater and Yamuna Expressway authorities has spelt fresh trouble for some top bureaucrats and senior officials who headed these bodies under the previous Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav governments.

Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC) has also come under the purview of the Apart from officials, top political figures could also find themselves mired in controversy for their insistence on posting their choice of officers to head these authorities or over their alleged role in corruption.

The is already probing land deals for alleged kickbacks and shady transactions, while its suspended chief engineer Yadav Singh is already cooling heals in jail even as the investigations continue.

Yesterday, Industries Minister had said CAG was a trusted and critical central agency, which works with transparency and that to expose inherent corruption in the previous government, it was imperative to get all the development authorities audited by CAG. Mahana said the was taking all necessary steps to rid the state of corruption.

Meanwhile, principal secretary (industrial development) Alok Sinha has already issued an order for the of these agencies.

Earlier, the had ordered a Vigilance probe against senior serving bureaucrat Amit Ghosh for alleged irregularities in awarding tenders while serving as the managing director. Ghosh has been alleged to have been involved in embezzlement of public funds in awarding contracts worth Rs 1,100 crore in the Trans-Ganga City (Kanpur) and Saraswati Hi-tech City (Allahabad) projects.

Ghosh was posted as MD on August 2, 2016, by former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, but was shunted by the on April 14, 2017 after coming to power. The probe was ordered on a complaint by chief engineer Arun Mishra, who is himself facing a probe for corruption. Both the senior officials have traded charges.

On April 12, in its first major bureaucratic reshuffled, the Yogi dispensation had transferred 20 IAS officers, benching some of the blue eyed bureaucrats of the previous Akhilesh regime.

It included the transfer of cash-rich Noida, Greater and Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) in the National Capital Region (NCR). The state government had also transferred Rama Raman, who was chairman besides principal secretary infrastructure and industrial development and NRI departments; Deepak Agarwal, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Greater and Noida; and Vijay Kumar Yadav, vice-president Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA).

While, there have been allegations of last scale corruption in the land deals in and Greater spanning the two previous SP and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) regimes, the Yadav Singh case continues to make headlines for kickbacks and award of land deals in contravention of rules.

In later transfers also, officers posted in these cash rich authorities were shifted to other places.

First Published: Thu, July 13 2017. 13:15 IST