CBI files chargesheet against BRO top officials


The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a charge-sheet against two senior Border Road Organisation (BRO) officials in Shimla court for allegedly procuring telephone exchanges in 2009 from the company at a highly exorbitant rate, an investigating officer said today.

Both the accused, Brig. J.K. Narang and Lt. Col. Chanchal Jhamb were posted in Project Deepak’s Shimla headquarters when they procured the equipment.

The charge-sheet was filed on Tuesday against them in the court of Special Judge (CBI) P.S. Rana, CBI Superintendent of Police R. Upasak informed.

He said a case against Brig. Narang, who was earlier posted here as chief engineer, Lt. Col. Jhamb and functionaries of Siemens Enterprises Communication Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, was registered in February last year.

The accused public servants procured 14 telephone exchanges worth Rs. 1.25 crores in 2009 from Siemens Enterprises.

CBI officials said the BRO officials have been accused of causing losses to the tune of Rs. 61.69 lakhs to the central government exchequer. The exchanges were installed in BRO offices in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

The CBI during the raids last year on residential premises of Brig Narang in Noida in Uttar Pradesh recovered Rs. 1.33 lakhs cash, more than Rs. 30 lakhs in bank accounts, Rs. 15 lakhs in mutual funds and ornaments worth Rs. 5,00,000 in a locker.

Documents containing details about four plots, two flats and a two storey building of more than Rs. 1.50 crore, two cars in the name of the accused and his relatives have been found by the CBI, official sources said.

The BRO, an inter-services organisation under the defence ministry, maintains the strategically important highways across the country.

Project Deepak in Himachal Pradesh maintains, among others, the 222 km stretch between Manali and Sarchu, part of the 475 km Manali-Leh National Highway 21.

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