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E-tendering scam: BMC probe indicts 63 civic officials

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The civic body has indicted an and 62 officials in an scam worth Rs 100 crore that was unearthed in 2014, an said Wednesday.

A committee headed by three senior officers of the (BMC) has recommended punishments that include one-time penalty, stoppage of increments ranging from one to five years, and recovery from pension in case of retired employees, he said.

"The has given his nod to punish these erring staffers and officers. The detailed order and the quantum of punishment will be uploaded on the civic body's website very soon. We hope it will suffice to act as a deterrent," said the

The indicted staffers include an assistant municipal commissioner, engineers, an assistant engineer,

The scam came to light in 2014 after an inquiry conducted by the BMC's Test, Audit and Vigilance department found out that several civic officials were flouting norms by opening tenders for a short window of time to only enable

The then BMC had constituted a three-member committee to investigate the irregularities.

Simultaneously, the (ACB) is also investigating the charges against officials.

Meanwhile, the BMC said the panel found that the accused staffers were involved in favouring preferred contractors and blocking the SAP system for the entire day to prevent other parties from filing bids for various works.

However, activists and opposition accused the civic administration of going soft on the concerned officials, and demanded their dismissal from service.

activist said the BMC seems lenient as far as handing down the quantum of punishment is concerned.

"The guilty officials had formed a syndicate to run a parallel scam. They should be dismissed from service and the loss caused to exchequer be recovered from their salaries, which would only serve as a deterrent," he said.

corporator and of Opposition in the BMC Ravi Raja said the indicted officials either be suspended or dismissed from service.

"Now it has been proved that the system is not transparent and foolproof. The people tampered with the very system which is trusted by the common people. They should either be suspended or dismissed," he demanded.

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First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 15:00 IST