Tainted UP engineer brought to Ghaziabad for questioning

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Ghaziabad, Feb 26 (PTI) A senior engineer, allegedlyinvolved in a bank fraud, was brought today to the city by theCBI officials for interrogation, days after raids at his houseand office led to recovery of huge amount of cash andinformation regarding property of over Rs 100 crore.

CBI officials, on Thursday, simultaneously carried outsearches at the Kanpur office and Lucknow residence of ArunMishra, a chief engineer with Uttar Pradesh State IndustrialDevelopment Corporation, in connection with financialirregularities uncovered at two PNB branches in Uttarakhand,authorities said.

Financial irregularities were detected in Dehradun andHaridwar branches of PNB in 2005-06 after which a case waslodged against Mishra and two other senior officials of UPSIDCin 2007, they added.

A CBI official, requesting anonymity, said Mishra wasthe Chief Engineer in UPSIDC when the Tronica city in Loni wasbeing developed between 2003 to 2005.

It is charged that Mishra received huge kickbacks inexchange for allotment of residential and industrial landplots to industrialists, he said, adding BK Tiwari, who hadfiled a complaint against Mishra, alleged that he used toaccept open bribes in his office here for allotting landplots.

The CBI suspects that Mishra connived with bankofficials and played a role in the fraud.

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