Legal Tussle in BBMP Scam! Contractors Challenge SIT, High Court grants 45-Days for SIT

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Nikshep Infra Projects and 32 other contractors have filed a writ petition in High Court for quashing of Formation of SIT by Karnataka Government. The SIT was formed to investigate the alleged irregularities in Civil Contract Works done in BBMP from the year 2019-20 to 2022-23.

Case Background

Karnataka State Government constituted a Special Investigation Cell for investigating into the contracts that were handed over to the respective contractors for all the works of various departments including the BBMP for the years 2019-20 to 2022-23. One man commission with the former Hon’ble Judge Justice Sri.H.N.Nagamohan Das was constituted on 25 August 2023 to inquire into the alleged irregularities.

Proceedings in High Court

High Court observed that not a paper has moved in those proceedings. Advocate General has requested high court that if reasonable time is granted, the inquiry would be conducted before the commission and the findings of the SIT will all be transferred to the commission for a holistic inquiry into the allegations. The high court has accepted the request and has granted 45 days to submit the report of the commission.

Advocate General has also informed the court that 75% of the amount of the contractors, who have no allegation of irregularities against them would be disbursed on seniority basis. That is seniority in the completion of work and claim. Insofar as the contractors against whom alleged irregularities subsists would be paid only 50% of the amount in claim by the contractors. He also has informed the court that these are the Government Orders passed by the State and they would abide by them during the pendency of these proceedings or the pendency of the proceedings before the Commission.