The Asian Age

CBI probe on 2 RITES of­fi­cials

- PRAMOD KUMAR Crime · Confederation of British Industry · RITES · India · Calcutta

The CBI has ini­ti­ated an in­quiry against two se­nior of­fi­cials of the Rail In­dia Tech­ni­cal and Eco­nomic Ser­vices ( RITES), a gov­ern­ment of In­dia en­ter­prise, for al­legedly is­su­ing a “de­sired” in­spec­tion re­port to a Kolkatabas­ed firm for its con­sign­ments while mak­ing ad­verse com­ments for its com­peti­tors.

Sources said, “There are al­le­ga­tions that the sus­pected of­fi­cials al­legedly took bribe for giv­ing de­sired in­spec­tion re­port in favour of a Kolkata- based firm. The sus­pected pub­lic ser­vants al­legedly trans­ferred some RITES in­spec­tors who did not give de­sired in­spec­tion re­port in favour of the firm in 2013- 14. The agency has regis­tered a pre­limi- nary en­quiry against the sus­pected of­fi­cials of RITES and the pri­vate firm and they will soon be called for clar­i­fi­ca­tion”.

The RITES is a mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary con­sul­tancy or­gan­i­sa­tion in the fields of trans­port, in­fra­struc­ture and re­lated tech­nolo­gies. It pro­vides a com­pre­hen­sive ar­ray of ser­vices un­der a sin­gle roof. In over­seas projects, RITES ac­tively pur­sues and de­vel­ops co­op­er­a­tive links with lo­cal con­sul­tants and firms.

“It has also been al­leged that the sus­pected RITES of­fi­cials pro­vided some se­cret of­fi­cial doc­u­ments to the pri­vate firm, which is un­der the scan­ner of the agency,” sources said. De­spite re­peated ef­forts, no se­nior of­fi­cials of the RITES were avail­able for the com­ment.

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