Jaipur: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday raided the premises of RSP Sinha, ex- Chairman-cum-Managing Director (CMD) of MTNL, and three other senior officials for allegedly inflating the cost of setting up a broadcast network for the Commonwealth Games (CWG).

Earlier, the CBI filed FIR against the four MTNL officials.

The CBI sleuths raided Sinha’s flat in Paradise apartment in Tilak Nagar area here and reportedly seized cash and related documents. As per sources, the investigating agency had learnt about the properties of Sinha in Patna, Delhi and Jaipur.

It has been alleged that the contract to set up a broadcast network, worth Rs 570 crore, was awarded to Noida-based HCL Infosystems at an exaggerated amount after recommendations from RSP Sinha, S M Talwar, General Manager (corporate sales) N K Jain and Deputy General Manager (DGM) Jitendra Garg.

The officials had justified the contract to HCL stating it was the only company capable of carrying out the cable laying project. The decision led to huge loss to the public exchequer.

While documents relating to immovable and movable properties belonging to accused persons and other “incriminating documents” have been recovered in the raids, the CBI sources said Sinha probably learnt about the raids and removed some of the vital documents from his Jaipur residence, where he was present when the CBI raided the flat.

Two more cities in Rajasthan are on the CBI radar. The CBI is likely to conduct raid in these cities as it has information of major investments in real estate by the officials of MTNL and Delhi Development Authority (DDA).

JPN/Bureau