bribe deal of Rs. 3 crore between senior IAS Father-in-law and Contractor
New Delhi, April 25, 2007
In the FIR, the CBI alleged that Rakesh Mohan,
senior IAS officer had accepted a bribe of over Rs. 3 crore from
Vijay Kataria, owner of Kaveri Infrastructure Private Limited, to
award a contract of Rs. 35.84 crore to his company.
Instead of taking 10% of the contract value in cash, he preferred
to have a house in the US for his NRI son-in-law Mohit Mehra, who
is an IT professional there.
On November 9, 2004, The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) had
invited tenders: It was proposed to carry out works from
A-2 Park Janakpuri to Janak Cinema in West Delhi and from Hindu
Rao to Jhandewalan reservoir in Central Delhi.
- For re-laying and renovation of water pipelines in some areas
of the Capital- required a specific technology in which there
was apparently no need to dig trenches.
- Six firms responded and three were short-listed by the Jal Board.
Later on it was decided:
- To renovate 3.5 km of South Delhi mains between Haiderpur water
treatment plant and Mangolpuri.
- A 0.5-km stretch between Sonia Chowk and Vikas Kunj (a distance
of 4 km) and 2 km of water pipeline from Pul Bangash to Idgah
(emanating from Chandrawal water works) were to be renovated as
per the new work order.
- The consortium asked for a mobilisation advance of 10 per cent
of the contract value, which the Jal Board allowed, despite this
not being mentioned in the tender document.
- The rate at which the contract was awarded was much higher than
the rates for laying new pipelines of similar dimensions.
- The technology that was supposed to be used was not meant for
renovation of water pipelines but was suitable only for increasing
the carrying capacity of the pipes already laid, according the
- Later, it transpired that the other two firms in the consortium
were non-serious firms and were indirectly related to Kataria's
In 2004, The CBI raided Mohan's residence after registering a corruption
case against him for misusing his official position as the chief
executive officer of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) in awarding the contract.
Vijay Kataria of M/s Kaveri Infrastructures
India Ltd vs. Rakesh Mohan IAS deal
- Deal between Rakesh Mohan and contractor Vijay Kataria, owner
of private company Kaveri Infrastructure India Ltd, the latter
had to purchase the house, worth over Rs 3 crore, in Los Angeles
and execute a special power of attorney in favour of Mehra in
2005 when the process for award of contract was in progress
- The case was also registered against the owner of a well-known
infrastructure company, Vijay Kataria of M/s Kaveri Infrastructures
India Ltd, who got a contract dealing with the laying and repairing
of water pipelines.
- Raids have also been carried out at the Gitanjali Enclave offices
of Kataria and his factories in Faridabad. Kataria's brother Devraj's
factory in Faridabad has also been searched and he will be questioned
along with Kataria's manager Sushil Mehta.
NRI son-in-law Mohit Mehra, who is an IT professional involve
in Rs 3 crore deal- He is also under the scanner.