CBI Books 21 Senior BSNL Officials For Corruption; Conducts Raids At 25 Locations

CBI Books 21 Senior BSNL Officials For Corruption; Conducts Raids At 25 Locations

"It was alleged that the contractor was given a work order for laying National Optical Fibre Network Cable through open trenching method at Rs 90,000 per km," a CBI spokesperson said in a statement on Friday.

PTIUpdated: Saturday, June 17, 2023, 10:17 AM IST
article-image
Representative Image | FPJ

The CBI conducted searches at 25 locations in connection with an FIR registered against 21 BSNL officials, including a former general manager, officials said. The premier investigative agency alleged that the accused officials entered into a conspiracy with a contractor to cheat the government-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).

Overcharging BSNL for laying internet cables

The CBI registered the FIR against officials of BSNL Assam Circle, including a former general manager, deputy general manager, assistant general manager, and chief accounts officer in Jorhat, Sibsagar, Guwahati and other places, they said. The FIR also mentions the name of a private person, officials said. "It was alleged that the contractor was given a work order for laying National Optical Fibre Network Cable through open trenching method at Rs 90,000 per km," a CBI spokesperson said in a statement on Friday.

Loss of over Rs 22 crore reported

"It was also alleged that later on, the contractor made different pleas, including no right of way from the owner of private land, to convert the open trenching method to horizontal directional drilling method at Rs 2.30 lakh per km in spite of the provision of the right of way, easement clause in the contract, thereby violated tender clause and caused loss of Rs 22 crore (approximately) to the BSNL," the official said.

After the registration of the FIR recently, the CBI on Friday conducted searches at 25 locations, including the offices and residences of the accused in Assam, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, and Haryana, he said.

RECENT STORIES

Good News! Western Railway To Run Additional 13 Pair Of Summer Special Trains To Various...

Good News! Western Railway To Run Additional 13 Pair Of Summer Special Trains To Various...

UP Lok Sabha Elections 2024: BSP Chief Mayawati Urges Voters To Choose 'Pro-Bahujan' Government

UP Lok Sabha Elections 2024: BSP Chief Mayawati Urges Voters To Choose 'Pro-Bahujan' Government

India Secures Release Of Sole Woman Sailor From Seized Israeli-Linked Cargo Ship In Iran

India Secures Release Of Sole Woman Sailor From Seized Israeli-Linked Cargo Ship In Iran

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 Phase 1 Voting: Check Full List Of Parliamentary Constituencies Going To...

Lok Sabha Elections 2024 Phase 1 Voting: Check Full List Of Parliamentary Constituencies Going To...

UP Lok Sabha Elections 2024: CM Yogi Adityanath's Electrifying Rally In Meerut

UP Lok Sabha Elections 2024: CM Yogi Adityanath's Electrifying Rally In Meerut