New Delhi (12.08.2022): Delhi LG Vinai Kumar Saxena, in his capacity as DDA Chairman, has ordered an FIR against nine retired and two serving DDA officials in a nine-year-old financial misappropriation case. The LG has also ordered the permanent withdrawal of the pension of the nine retired officials. The officials include; the then Member (Finance) and the then Member (Engineering).
The retired officials include a Chief Engineer, Executive Engineer, Superintendent Engineer, and executive engineer while others were employed in the finance and accounts departments. The LG took stern measures of withdrawing pension benefits considering grave misconduct and loss to the exchequer even as the DDA recommended deducting only 25% of the amount.
The case relates to the work for up-gradation and beautification of Coronation Park at Kingsway Camp awarded in 2013. In a gross violation of rules, not only did the original cost of the project escalate from Rs 14.24 crore to Rs 28.36 crore but the project deviated from the location with additional work amounting to Rs 114.83 crore without any sanctioned estimate, resulting in an overall payment of Rs 142.08 crore to the agency. It was CAG that pointed out this irregularity in its report in 2016.