Mumbai, India (Urban Transport News): Maharashtra’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has registered a case against Mumbai Monorail Chief Operating Officer (COO) Dr. DLN Murthy for allegedly demanding Rs 20 lakh from a contractor of a facility management company. The said bribe was demanded by him for accepting a bill for the services provided by the company for the Mumbai Monorail project. The complaint was made by the contractor company.
The contractor company provides housekeeping, maintenance and customer services for the Mumbai Monorail and was awarded a contract worth Rs 2.5 crore from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) for its services from January 2019 to August 2020. The contractor company had also paid Rs. 32 lakh as bank guarantee to MMRDA. So, the total amount payable to the complainant was Rs 2.82 lakh.
“After continuous follow-up with the Mumbai Monorail authorities, the complainant was able to get Rs 2.1 crore in January 2021 and Rs 22 lakh later in June. And to release the remaining Rs 50 lakh, the COO, identified as Dr DLN Murthy, demanded Rs 20 lakh from the complainant,” the statement issued by the ACB said.
On 2 July 2021, the complainant approached the ACB Headquarters at Worli to lodge a complaint against the Chief Operating Officer. ACB officials said, “We started investigation and tried to lay a trap, but as things did not work out, on the basis of the evidence provided by the complainant, we registered a case of (bribery) demand.”
Dr. DLN Murthy has been booked by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) under Section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988. However, Murthy has denied the allegations, terming all the allegations as false and baseless. “This is all false and baseless. Soon the truth will come out. You are requested to wait patiently till such time,” said Murthy.
India’s only 19.54 km long monorail from Chembur to Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk in Mumbai is facing operational and financial difficulties, affecting its normal operation.