Taj corridor scam: CBI gets sanction to prosecute former NPCC GM

Lucknow: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has got prosecution sanction against Mahindra Sharma, former general manager (now retired), National Projects Construction Coro- ration (NPCC) – the agency that was to head the project involving upgradation of tourist facilities under the Taj Corridor Project.

The alleged scam took place in 2002-2003 and was pegged at R 175 crore. CBI sources said it was the first prosecution sanction in the case in the past 20 years. Sources said that the prosecution of- facer of the CBI had requested for sanction prosecution in the case in November 2022 after some fresh facts surfaced. The NPCC gave the sanction last month. Now, the CBI special court (corrupt- tin) in Lucknow will examine the prosecution sanction on May 22 and take up the matter further.

Taj corridor scam: CBI,
Taj corridor scam: CBI

Sources in the CBI said that then UP governor TV Rajeshwar, citing insufficient evidence, had denied the prosecution sanction against BSP chief Mayawati in June 2007 after her party came to power again. The then BSP government had al- so denied the permission for prosecution sanc- tion against the then principal secretary (envi- ronment) RK Sharma and then secretary Rajen- dra Prasad after which the CBI dropped further proceedings in the matter in 2008.

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court also upheld the trial court’s order to close the case for want of prosecution sanction in November 2012. Later, a special leave petition (SLP) was filed in the Supreme Court in the case and further proceedings in the matter were still pending.

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