Tripura: Five top PWD officials chargesheeted in corruption case

Tripura: Five top PWD officials chargesheeted in corruption case

Agency News

Agartala, Oct 1 : A special court sent retired additional chief engineer of state PWD Alok Ranjan Roy Chowdhury to 12 days judicial remand in connection with corruption of construction of flyover in Agartala and another steel bridge in the city after he was produced in the court by Serious crime and economic offenses wing of Tripura police.

The investigating officer has accused five top former officials of the department in multi-crore corruption cases. However, former engineer in Chief Sunil Bhowmik and chief engineer of PWD Somesh Das could not be arrested as both of them have been granted anticipatory bail by the high court.

Police sought permission from the competent authority for arresting the other two – incumbent superintendent engineer Alok Chakraborty and executive engineer Abhijeet Bhadra, as both of them are in service. The investigating officer Sourav Roy submitted detailed charge sheet of 527 pages with 78 seizure documents and files yesterday in the special court.

The accused officials were charged with section 13 (1) (d) and 13 (2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 and 120 (B) and 409 of IPC. Prima facie evidence show irregularities in construction of a 2.6 kilometre flyover in the city while engaging consultants and contractors etc, excess expenditure incurred to the tune of Rs 19 Cr in construction of steel bridge instead of RCC on Kathakhal in the city and wrongful loss of Rs 26.25 Cr due to improper security of DPR of the flyover.

While the arrested Alok Ranjan Roychowdhury was the member secretary of high level purchase committee of both the work, engineer-in-Chief Sunil Bhowmik was the chairman of the committee and all others were the members of the committee, according to the FIR lodged in West Agartala police station on March 8 this year.

According to the police, all three retired officers Sunil Bhowmik, Alok Ranjan Roychowdhury and Somesh Das were arrested yesterday on late hours and produced in the special court dealing with serious crime and economic offenses.Since Bhowmik and Das had been granted anticipatory bail by high court both of them were released but court sent Roychowdhury to jail custody till Oct 11 next.

The state vigilance has been also investigating another case of alleged corruption of Rs 866 Cr in the PWD department during left front rule. Former PWD minister and senior CPI (M) leader Badal Choudhury has been questioned by the investigating officers thrice so far. (UNI)