In 3 Years, Acb Networks Top Officials For Taking Bribes On Highway Projects | Jaipur News

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Jaipur: There is a new gold rush on the highways for the Babus of Rajasthan.
Over the past three years, the ACB has arrested senior officials, including an IAS, IPS and three RAS, for accepting bribes on highway projects, thereby jeopardizing the pace of key infrastructure developments.
The New Delhi-Vadodara Expressway made national headlines last year when the ACB arrested senior IPS official Manish Agarwal. Known then as Dausa SP, the agency booked Agarwal for allegedly demanding bribes from a private construction company tasked with building the expressway.
As sensational as Agarwal’s arrest is, it has done little to deter others from following the slippery path. For example, IAS officer Nannu Mal Pahadia had already been transferred from Alwar as a district collector and was packing his bags to take up his new post as Commissioner, Departmental Enquires when the ACB arrested him in connection with the highway bribery scandal.
Pahadia was arrested along with RAS officer Ashok Kumar Sankhala and a private individual for taking Rs 5,000 from a private construction company to facilitate the construction of the highway.
ACB DG BL Soni said that private construction companies need regular on-site support for their projects on a regular basis. “Sanctions are required for road detours, etc., which can be approved by the local government,” he said.
Along with important permits, land-acquisition compensation offers a lot of scope for officials to rub their hands with. A RAS officer was detained in Dausa, who facilitated the timely payment of compensation for the land acquisition.
A senior ACB official told TOI that many private builders are reluctant to complain to the office and tacitly agree to pay the money. “These companies are involved in multicrore infrastructure projects. They want to complete the projects within given deadlines and often agree to kickbacks and bribes. Increasingly, however, many dare to file a complaint,” said the official.
In addition to high-ranking administrators, engineers and private individuals were also found who forged deals to benefit from these projects.
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