(G.N.S) Dt. 5
The CBI has raided at 40 different locations, in connection with alleged irregularities in the 1,600 crore Gomti river front development project.
The officials said that a large number of engineers of the Uttar Pradesh government and other officials, around 180 of them have been made accused in the FIR. Raids took place after CBI’s Lucknow anti-corruption unit registered a fresh FIR in connection with Rs 1,600 crore river front scam against then 16 public servants, 173 firms/and other people on July 2.
“While probing the case against eight engineers after registering FIR in 2017, criminality surfaced on the part of other public servants and firms,” said CBI officials.
Hence, a fresh FIR was lodged. Soon after coming to power, Yogi government had constituted a committee under retired Allahabad high court judge Alok Kumar Singh, which had indicated prima facie irregularities in the project in its report dated May 16, 2017.
Thereafter, an FIR was registered at the Gomti Nagar police station on June 19, against eight engineers.
The state government subsequently sought a CBI probe into the matter in July 2017 and in November same year the CBI took over the case.
Of Rs 1,600 crore, then Samajwadi Party government had sanctioned Rs 1,437-crore for Gomti river front development.