Ranchi/Bokaro, Feb. 26: A CBI team from Dhanbad today raided the premises of a contractor in Ranchi and the residences of an accounts officer of Bokaro Thermal Power Station (BTPS) in the capital, Bokaro and in Bengal.
The raids were conducted in connection with fake payments to contractors in the case involving supply order given by BTPS.
The raids were carried out at the residences of N.L. Das (contractor) at North Deputy Para and Suman Kumar (accounts officer) at Argora.
“During course of investigation, we suspected their complicity in the fake payment case. They are associated with two supply firms based in Ranchi, namely, Sambhu Trading Company and Sumit Electrical,” Dhanbad superintendent of police (CBI) P.K. Manjhi said.
In Bokaro, raids were conducted on M/s Ranjan Brothers and Ocean Elevator of Patna, two other suppliers.
The residences of a Kumar, a DVC official wanted for issuing fake bills worth more than Rs 4.5 crore in connivance with officials of BTPS, were also searched.
A 15-member CBI team, led by Dhanbad inspector K.K. Singh, reached quarter number BMD-2A of Kumar, DVC’s additional chief accounts officer, as early as 4am but found his house locked.
CBI officers then summoned a senior BTPS official, sealed the house and posted a CISF guard at the door.
They also raided Kumar’s second house in Durgapur in Bengal, where he was transferred after facing allegations of over-billing. There, the CBI left instructions with his family to tell him to appear before the investigative agency as soon he returned.