CBI court acquits IAS officer in printing scam
Transaction of bribe money not proven in the case; 2 other officials also discharged
CHANDIGARH: A CBI special court on Friday discharged the 1985-batch Haryana IAS officer, Sanjeev Kumar, in a case involving an alleged scam in printing of banners and posters during his tenure as the state project coordinator of Haryana Prathmik Shiksha Pariyojna Parishad (HPSPP).
The charges against Kumar were made in the charge sheets no. 3 and 4 of the case. The CBI had submitted eight charge sheets in the case. However, Kumar was already acquitted in the four cases and discharged in three charge sheets.
In chargesheet no. 3, the CBI had charged Kumar-along with Kiran Mishra, the then district project coordinator, and JP Bhatnagar, a head clerk at HPSPP office, district Jind- of corruption in a Rs 2.28-crore tender for video-filming a project.
Mishra and Bhatnagar were also discharged by the CBI court on Friday.
Similar charges were made in the charge sheet no. 4 against the same persons in which the CBI had charged them for alleged financial irregularities in the tenders floated for the posters and folders for the project.
On Friday, Vineet Sehgal, one of the defense lawyers, argued that the accused should be discharged since the transaction of bribe money had not been proven in the case.
Sehgal also argued that the video-filming was done at 40% lesser cost than the prices prevailing then.
He also argued that there was no discrepancy in the tenders, and only Kumar could not be held responsible for the discrepancy in the tenders, if any, as the tender committee had approved it.