Ahead of the Assembly elections due next year in Uttar Pradesh, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday filed a fresh case in connection with the alleged irregularities in the Rs 1,500 crore Gomti riverfront development project in capital Lucknow.
Notably, the project was carried out by the Akhilesh Yadav government, but Yadav has not been named in the FIR. It is the second FIR by the central probe agency in the case. Out of 673 works, 12 works worth Rs 1,031 crore were investigated by the CBI in its first FIR. The second FIR concerns 661 works worth Rs 407 crore.
The CBI had taken over the investigation after the Yogi Adityanath-led government ordered an inquiry into the beautification project of the Gomti riverfront. A govt-appointed committee under retired Allahabad High Court judge Alok Kumar Singh had indicated prima facie irregularities in the project in its report dated May 16, 2017.
Searches at 42 locations
CBI is also carrying out searches at 42 locations in connection with case. While 40 searches are going on in the state itself, parallel searches are also being carried out in Rajasthan and Kolkata. The probe agency is carrying out searches in the premises of three chief engineers and six superintendent engineers who were involved in the project.
French company named in the FIR
One of the accused named in the FIR is the French company Aquatique Show. Accused public servants, without obtaining due permission from the government, signed an agreement with Strasbourg-based Aquatique Show for 55.95 lakh Euros for supply and design of musical fountain water show at Gomti river, according to the CBI.
Instead of following the tender process, the project was given to Aquatique Show on a quotation basis, the CBI said.
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