Bhopal: A division bench of MP high court issued notices to the state government and other respondents in response to a petition seeking court’s intervention in ordering a probe into sale of solar panels allegedly at double the actual rate by Vindhya Development Authority.
The petitioner Virendra Kumjar Parihar in his PIL said that Vindhya Development Authority had floated tender for purchase of solar panels for villages in the region which are without electricity.
The authority purchased a solar panel costing Rs 16 thousand at the rate of Rs 32,000. The authority paid an amount of Rs 1.25 crore on purchase of solar panels.
He had lodged a complaint with the economic offences wing (EOW) of police in this regard, which forwarded the complaint to the department concerned, which asked the divisional commissioner to get the matter probed. The committee constituted by the divisional commissioner to probe the issue found the complaint true, he claimed.
Referring to the report of the committee, EOW had written a letter in August 2021 for further probe into the matter.
According to rules, the state government should have decided on the issue of enquiry within 3 months but even after a lapse of 10 months, EOW has not been given a go ahead to enquire into the matter.
Advocate Nityanand Mishra appeared in the case for the petitioner.
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