ED carries out raids in Bhopal, Hyderabad in M.P. e-tendering racket case
Browsed locations consist of that of previous State Chief Secretary.
The Enforcement Directorate has performed searches at several locations in Bhopal, Hyderabad and Bengaluru as part of its cash washing probe in the over 3,000- crore alleged e-tender rigging racket of Madhya Pradesh, main sources said on Thursday.
They stated the firm introduced the searches to collect proof early this week at locations of various suspects involved in the case, and the action is being conducted under the Avoidance of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
At least 15-16 locations in Bhopal, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru have actually been browsed, including that of the former Chief Secretary of Madhya Pradesh. Searches were underway at some locations on Thursday, the sources stated.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had actually filed a criminal case in 2015 to penetrate the instance where it was alleged that the e-tender website of the State government was hacked to manipulate tenders and get agreements, and it was supposedly done when the BJP was in power.
A case was first filed by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Madhya Pradesh Police when the previous Congress government under Chief Minister Kamal Nath was in power in the State. The ED studied this FIR to submit the case under the PMLA.
The EOW has filed cases against directors and marketing representatives of 7 companies, unidentified officials of five State government departments and particular politicians.
They were charged under IPC area 420 (cheating), the Info Technology Act, and the Avoidance of Corruption Act.
The seven building and construction business associated with the supposed racket were recognized as GVPR Limited and Ms Max Maintaina (both based in Hyderabad), The Hume Pipeline Limited and JMC Limited (both based in Mumbai), Sorathia Velji Limited and Ms Madhav Infra Projects (both based in Vadodara) and Ram Kumar Narwani Limited (based in Bhopal), the EOW had actually said in a statement.
Some authorities of Bhopal-based OSMO IT Solution, which provided ‘signature certificate’ for e-tenders, too were charged.
Federal government departments, including Jal Nigam, Lok Nirman Vibhag (Public Works Department and its Job Execution unit), M.P. Road Development Corporation and Water Resources Advancement, had drifted 9 tenders which were apparently damaged.
Some authorities of 2 software companies which established the e-tendering portal of the M.P. Electronic Advancement Corporation are likewise under the scanner for leaking details which allowed hacking of the website, EOW authorities had stated.
The business allegedly hacked the M.P. e-tendering portal to price estimate lowest rates and bag tasks worth 3,000 crore in between January and March, 2018.
These tenders were later on cancelled.
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