LUCKNOW The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of the CBI carried out searches at completely different areas in Lucknow in reference to the set up of seven mobile towers in Kanpur’s Cantonment space that was allegedly accomplished in gross violation of guidelines, mentioned officers right here on Monday morning.
On September 1, the CBI had registered an FIR against three army officers and a Lucknow-based firm that put in the towers with the ACB police station in Lucknow. The CBI named the then station commander of Kanpur station headquarters between 2016 and 2019, Brigadier Naveen Singh, his employees officers, Lieutenant Colonel RP Ram, Colonel Dushyant Singh, Indus Towers Restricted, its officers and different unnamed individuals.
The three officers and the corporate had been booked beneath IPC sections 120 B (prison conspiracy), 420 (dishonesty) and Prevention of Corruption Act. The FIR was registered after approval from the Ministry of Defence on July 25, 2023.
The CBI gathered proof by raiding the residences of the three army officers in Lucknow Cantt and the corporate’s workplace at BBD Tower in Lucknow’s Vibhuti Khand on Sunday.
The FIR acknowledged that the company had acquired info that in his posting in Kanpur, Brigadier Naveen Singh had handed over the work of illegally putting in seven mobile towers to Indus Towers Restricted of Lucknow. It was the accountability of the Cantonment Board to get this work accomplished and the defence ministry had issued pointers in this regard via a round in 2018. Preliminary investigations revealed that brigadier didn’t observe the rules given by the ministry.
They didn’t even represent a board to determine the place for putting in mobile towers, the FIR mentioned.
“The month-to-month lease acquired for the set up of the towers was not deposited in the federal government treasury. There’s a risk that this lease was usurped by the accused officers. Allegations are additionally that the army officers misused their place to oblige Indus Towers Restricted and availed undue advantages from the corporate,” the CBI acknowledged in the FIR.
Investigations revealed that Lieutenant Colonel RP Ram, who was the employees officer of the station commander, gave the work to Indus Towers Restricted on a trial foundation, saying that the tender could be issued after six months, after which towers had been put in at two locations.