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CPI-M former PWD Minister Badal Choudhury’s bail petition rejected by High Court

Badal Choudhury’s bail petition rejected by High Court today.

CPI-M former PWD Minister Badal Choudhury’s bail petition rejected by High Court.

Ex PWD Minister Badal Choudhury sent to GB hospital from West PS Agartala yesterday.

Ex PWD Minister Badal Choudhury earlier put in Male lock up of West Police Station Agartala yesterday.Later he was sent to GB hospital.

Ex PWD Minister Badal Choudhury now at GB hospital.

Tripura PWD department has found various questionable aspects in the works carried out in 2008-09.

Hence a vigilance enquiry was ordered by the government in cw irregularities in “Finalization of tenders and allotment of infrastructure development projects to PSUs and Private Companies in 2008-09”. These projects (roads, buildings and bridges)amounted to over Rs 600 crores.

However many norms were flouted in the tendering process like giving undue advantage to certain players over others, price escalation beyond stipulated 10% limit and eventually resulting in excess payment causing massive losses to the state exchequer.

Other violations like post tender negotiations with all players and not following two bid systems were also observed. The vital documents pertaining to the whole process went suspiciously missing from the department prompting the PWD to lodge a theft case earlier.

Based on the PWD department observations and subsequent vigilance enquiry an FIR u/s 409, 418, 420, 201, 120B IPC and 13 PC Act was lodged today against Sri Badal Chowdhury, Sri YP Singh, Sri Sunil Bhowmik and Others. West Agartala PS registered case No. 251/19 for this. The case will be investigated by the state Crime Branch.

It is pertinent to mention here that though Shri Badal Chowdhury Hon MLA has claimed that PAC has dropped the para of Audit on similar charges, there is no bar to investigate the matter for corruption and criminal conspiracy angles. Also the Audit had dealt with only one project out of many in the question here.

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