According to sources, Delhi Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena has authorized a proposal to file a complaint to the CBI seeking an investigation into alleged wrongdoing in the acquisition of 1,000 low-floor buses by the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC).

In July, the L-G received a complaint about irregularities in the tendering and bidding procedure, which was referred to chief secretary Naresh Kumar for comment. Kumar filed his report with the L-G in August, and the case has since been referred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), according to officials.

According to the lawsuit, the DTC appointed Minister of Transport Kailash Gahlot as chairman of the committee for tendering and purchase of buses in a “premeditated manner.” It further claims that the selection of DIMTS as a bid management consultant for this tender was made with the intent of “facilitating misconduct.”

According to the charges, the procurement bid for 1,000 low floor BS-IV and BS-VI buses in 2019, followed by another in March 2020 for the purchase and annual maintenance contract for low floor BS-VI buses, was illegal. The chief secretary’s report to the L-G on August 19 identified several “irregularities,” including DIMTS and DTC’s tender committee failing to properly examine financial bids.

According to Sources

The CBI is already conducting a preliminary investigation into the annual maintenance contracts used in the acquisition of these buses, and Saxena agreed to combine this allegation with the one that is currently being investigated.

A committee appointed to investigate the claims, led by former IAS official OP Aggrawal, reprimanded the AAP administration in its report submitted in August last year for “procedural irregularities throughout the entire tendering and procurement procedure.”

The CBI will investigate any criminal misconduct committed by public workers throughout this tender process. Based on this, the chief secretary advised that the subject be referred to the CBI, which was authorized by the L-G.

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