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Madhya Pradesh: EOW registers FIR into Water Work Department’s advance payment ‘scam’ | Bhopal News

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Madhya Pradesh: EOW registers FIR into Water Work Department’s advance payment ‘scam’ | Bhopal News

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BHOPAL: State Economic Offences Wing (EOW) on Thursday registered an FIR into the alleged Rs 800 crore advance payment ‘scam’ case related to the water works department (WRD).
Case has been registered against the then engineer-in-chief (EnC) of water works department (WRD) – Rajeev Kumar Suklikar and other engineers under sections of forgery and criminal conspiracy. Suklikar however had denied any wrongdoing on their part in this case while emphasising that everything was done as per an enduring ‘system’.
Investigators are of the opinion that their conduct has caused a loss to the government. FIR was registered after approval from the general administration department (GAD).
In his statement to the Suklikar had maintained that advance payments were made as per the protocol that was being followed in every project executed by this department over the last many years and, the same can be verified by summoning his predecessors and recording their statements as well.
The former EnC also said that the payments were being done in the same manner for years to save the government from incurring additional financial burden on its treasury owing to inflation.
Insiders say that no ‘direct’ evidence linking the former chief secretary’s role in the matter has been found so far even as investigation continues on various aspects.
This case was handed over to the EOW by the state government to ascertain whether advance payments were made to contractors by changing the…

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