EOW to expand scope of inquiry, top retired bureaucrat named in FIR in Water Resource Dept payment scam

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Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): A former top functionary of Madhya Pradesh Government may soon be arraigned as an accused in the Water Resources Department (WRD) scam being probed by Economic Offence Wing (EOW) senior officers of EOW said.

On March 31, the EOW registered a case against Rajiv Kumar Suklikar, the then engineer-in-chief of WRD besides three others in the alleged scam involving more than Rs 900 crore. This is the first case to be registered under amended Section 17-A of Prevention of Corruption Act. The state government gave approval for registering the case in just 20 days.

The EOW director general Ajay Sharma told Free Press that WRD officials had made advance payment to private construction companies. The payments were made in violation of the contracts, which caused grave financial loss to government exchequer.

Wishing anonymity, a top EOW official told Free Press that it had come to the fore that a top…

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