Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, is understood to be under pressure from the Central Government to withdraw the names of the NHAI officials from the FIR filed against them.
This is in connection with a multi crore NH24 scam where the CM has recommended a CBI investigation.
NHAI Chairman Y S Mallik wrote to the Chief Secretary of Uttarakhand asking him to examine the culpability of officials claiming they had no role in allegations that were posed over them including the determination of compensation paid to the land owners.
While the officials who were named in the FIR is pressing for a stay and has approached the Uttarakhand High Court, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari is believed to have written a letter to the Chief Minister last month seeking ‘corrective measures’, indicating that the case will have an adverse impact on the morale of the NHAI officials that may delay the execution of various projects.
The irregularities runs into a mammoth Rs.240 crores in acquisition of land for NH74 located in Udham Singh Nagar district of Uttarakhand and the high court has issued notices to the Udham Singh Nager ADM and the private parties whose land had been acquired for construction of the national highway and fixed the matter for next hearing on July 28.
The news has created ruffles in the political sector since the opposition parties are alleging that the Central Government is trying to influence the State Government letting the corrupt go scott-free.