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C'garh: cases against IAS officer for 'rigging' PR contracts

Press Trust of India  |  Raipur 

The Anti-Bureau (ACB) of has registered two cases against an IAS officer for allegedly manipulating the tender process to hire two (PR) firms.

The actions of 2005-batch Rajesh Sukumar Toppo caused a loss of Rs 1.70 crore to the exchequer, as per the First Information Reports.

The two FIRs, filed on April 10, were based on the findings of a committee which probed the tenders allotted by (a body under the state government's PR department), of Police (ACB) told

Toppo, as Director of department and CEO of CG Samvad, cancelled two tenders floated for hiring agencies to publicise government's schemes, the FIRs said.

He issued fresh tenders and allegedly colluded with other officials to hire two agencies, one from and another from Raipur, it is alleged.

The tender won by the Ahmedabad-based agency allegedly caused a loss of Rs 1.12 crore while the one awarded to the Raipur-based firm caused a loss of Rs 62 lakh, the FIRs said.

The enquiry committee, formed after the came to power in December last year, pointed out that fresh tenders were floated only for the benefit of the two private agencies.

After the new government took over, Toppo was shifted as in secretariat, without any department. He is currently deputed to on election duty and was not available for comments.

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First Published: Sat, April 13 2019. 21:15 IST