Ranchi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has taken up the probe against a former senior manager of MECON, Upendra Nath Mandal.
The investigation has been initiated under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act on the basis of an FIR and a chargesheet filed by the CBI against Mandal and two private companies — Zeal India Limited and Shiv Machine Tools. Mandal allegedly entered into a criminal conspiracy with the two firms to accept illegal gratification to the tune of Rs 1.42 core.
Notably, Mandal had evaluated the technical part of a proposal submitted by Zeal India for a Durgapur Steel Plant project. The work was awarded to the company, but investigation later revealed that the company did not have the requisite experience.
Meanwhile, Shiv Machine Tools participated in a tender floated by the Bokaro Steel Plant. Mandal evaluated and finalised the technical aspect of the tender that was awarded to the company. It has been alleged that the company paid a bribe of Rs 94.39 lakh to Mandal.