Delhi LG grants approval to file case against 2 PWD engineers


Delhi Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena has given his assent for lodging a case under the anti-corruption law against an assistant engineer and junior engineer of the public works department in an alleged scam related to a road construction project in 2014–15, Raj Niwas officials said on Tuesday.

The approval was given despite the fact that the administrative department, PWD, had not recommended an inquiry against the duo. According to an official, Saxena has given his nod for lodging a case under section 17A of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, against the assistant engineer and junior engineer, despite the fact that the PWD had not recommended an inquiry against them.

In the case of the accused executive engineer, a decision will be taken by the National Capital Civil Services Authority (NCCSA) since he is a Group ‘A’ officer, the official said.
According to the approval, the LG has gone by the findings of the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) and the recommendation of the Directorate of Vigilance, he added. Saxena has also ordered action against the PWD officers who tried to shield the accused engineers.

The allegation against the two accused is that they released payment to a contractor without proper verification of the work done in the road construction project in south Delhi.
The LG noted that, on a perusal of the facts and records of the case, he is of the considered view that it is in the interest of justice to investigate the allegations after lodging a case.