The 1500 crore Gomti riverfront development project, carried out by former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party in Lucknow, is in the crosshairs of CBI.
This is the second FIR against the project by India’s premier investigation agency even though Akhilesh Yadav himself hasn’t been named.
Searches are underway at around 42 locations, including 40 in UP, one each in Rajasthan and Kolkata.
One of the accused named in the FIR is the French company Aquatique Show.
According to the CBI, accused public servants, without obtaining due permission from the government, signed an agreement with Strasbourg-based Aquatique Show for 55.95 lakh Euros for supply and design of musical fountain water show at Gomti river.
The CBI had taken over the investigation after the present Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh ordered an inquiry into the beautification project of the Gomti riverfront.
The Uttar Pradesh government had asked for an investigation into irregularities committed with a “criminal intent” in the implementation of the Gomti River Channelisation Project and the Gomti River Front Development by the state’s Department of Irrigation.
A state-appointed committee under retired Allahabad High Court judge Alok Kumar Singh had indicated prima facie irregularities in the project in its report dated May 16, 2017.