Maya statues EOW likely to take over probe

By: admin
Updated: 15 May 2012 11:17 PM

The ongoing probe into the installation of elephant statues by the
previous Mayawati government, in which Uttar Pradesh chief minister
Akhilesh Yadav sensed a scam to the tune of Rs 40,000 crore, is likely to
be transferred to the Economic Offences Wing.

The district police, which is probing the matter, is of the view that
since it is a "big issue" a specialised agency like the EOW should inquire
into it.

"The tender system of the Rashtriya Nirman Nigam was faulty as payments
from Rs 4.24 lakh to 71 lakh have been made for elephants and it is a very
big issue," DIG (Lucknow) Ashotosh Pandey said.

There were about eight firms which had supplied stone structures for Noida
and Lucknow, he said adding recommendation for an EOW inquiry would be
sent soon.

Director General of Police AC Sharma, when contacted, said a request for
EOW inquiry has to be made by the district police and so far it has not
been received.

"If we receive a request in this regard, further action on handing over
the probe will be taken," the DGP said. Earlier in the day, Akhilesh had
said the alleged financial fraud could be to the tune of Rs 40,000 crore.

The district police had yesterday carried out searches at the office of
Rajkiya Nirman Nigam at Gomti Nagar in connection with alleged
irregularities in installation of statues of elephants at parks in Lucknow
and Noida.