A plea has been filed in Rajasthan Excessive Court docket alleging rip-off within the state energy division. The petitioner accused that an try has been made to rip-off almost Rs 1500 crore within the energy division headed by Bhanwar Singh Bhati.

The petitioner alleged irregularities in awarding tenders, with a number of discom corporations being named within the plea. The petitioner alleged that the facility division has been eager on awarding contracts at increased charges. The awarding of contracts at increased charges, if it goes via, might imply that the shoppers might be made to shell out extra money via increased tariff charges, the petitioner stated.

“The circumstances of all three discoms had been modified in order that we couldn’t take part. At the very least 150 events had been to take part within the tender (course of), (however) solely 10 – 12 events might take part. The identical events who stayed due to tender circumstances being modified, the work that was meant to be completed for Rs 100 is now reaching Rs 190. On this, a lack of 1500 crore was occurring”, stated petitioner Sanjeev Kumar.

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The plea claimed that the facility division modified circumstances a number of instances after tenders had been floated to make sure that solely choose few corporations might bid for the tenders, thereby ruling out different corporations.

The plea additional alleged that the rip-off concerned pooling of the colluding corporations who got here collectively to make sure that different corporations couldn’t change into part of the bidding course of via change of circumstances. The bids made for the tenders floated by the three discoms by these few corporations had been a lot increased than the charges at which they had been floated.

The tender course of began in March this yr. The primary tender was issued on April 22. Thereafter, tendering circumstances had been modified as many as six instances. They had been modified first on Could 6, then on Could 9, on Could 16, on Could 25, on Could 31 and June 9, the plea in Rajasthan Excessive Court docket acknowledged.

The petitioner stated that after modifications within the tendering circumstances, each corporations concerned within the three way partnership had been required to have technical expertise within the ratio of 40:25 whereas, earlier, solely one of many two corporations within the three way partnership had been required to indicate expertise of doing 50 per cent work. Due to this transformation within the situation, round 50 corporations had been rendered ineligible from being concerned within the tendering course of. Moreover, below modified circumstances, each partnering corporations had been required to carry electrical licences from Rajasthan, whereas earlier, solely one of many two corporations concerned within the Three way partnership was required to carry electrical licence from the desert state, the petitioner stated.

Reacting to the allegations of rip-off in energy division in Ashok Gehlot-led Rajasthan authorities, BJP state chief Satish Poonia stated,” No state division is left the place there isn’t any corruption, particularly energy division. Corruption occurs behind the scene which widespread folks don’t get to know.”

The Rajasthan BJP chief known as for an investigation, including, “Solely then will issues come to the fore”.

In the meantime, Bhaskar A Sawant, Chairman and Managing Director, Rajasthan State Vidhyut Prasaran Nigam Ltd., dismissed the allegations as “imaginary”. He added that the ultimate name is but to be made on tender allocation.

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