High Court denies bail to YP Singh, Sunil

AGARTALA:

The High Court of Tripura today denied bail to former PWD Engineer-in-Chief Sunil Bhowmik and former Chief Secretary Yashpal Singh in an alleged scam of over Rs 600 crore in PWD Department.

A Single Bench headed by Justice Arindam Lodh, after hearing the arguments of counsel for both Singh and Bhowmik and state government, refused to grant bail to the duo.

Both Bhowmik and Singh were accused and also named in the FIR lodged in West Agartala Police Station in the case. While the court remanded Bhowmik to Jail Custody, Singh, who is living outside the state, has not been detained yet. He sought anticipatory bail. On October 31 last, the High Court of Tripura rejected the bail application of former PWD Minister Badal Choudhury in the case.

Justice Lodh refused to grant bail to Choudhury, who was produced before the court of Sessions judge today.

Allegedly, the vigilance probe indicated that the former PWD Minister violated guidelines on finalization of tenders and allotment of infrastructure development projects to PSUs and Private Companies.

Moreover, the Public Works Department (PWD) lodged a theft case recently after vital documents pertaining to the tendering process went missing from its office.