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Taj scam: Environment secretary Mishra removed

September 12, 2003 19:31 IST
Last Updated: September 12, 2003 19:42 IST

The government on Friday removed Union Environment Secretary K C Mishra in the wake of his name figuring in the Central Bureau of Investigation report on the controversial multicrore Taj Heritage Corridor project, official sources said in Delhi.

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The sources said Mishra had been put on a 'compulsory wait'.

The decision of the government came a day after the CBI submitted its report to the Supreme Court, which had directed the agency to conduct an investigation into the controversial project and ascertain the guilty.

Efforts to contact Mishra have not been successful.

According to the CBI, which submitted its report to the Supreme Court into the alleged irregularities and malpractices in the construction of the Rs 175 crore project on Thursday, Mishra made 'interpolations and tampered with the files in order to cover up his omissions'.

The CBI has accused the senior official of tampering with the files to cover up his lapses in failing to approve the 'proposal of the joint secretary and special secretary' asking the Uttar Pradesh government to proceed with the work of the project only after getting statutory clearances and approvals.

The CBI questioned Mishra last month and the report of Central Forensic and Scientific Laboratory had alleged that he did 'interpolations' of files.

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Sub: no work for the UP GOVT.

There is a no work for the up govt. because of the this govt. doing the last 2 month some nonsense thing in up. this ...

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Sub: Taj Scam

This scam business is becoming quite prosaic. We the silent majority fail to fathom out why our administration always wiser after the putrid pong of ...

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Sub: dismiss union environment secretary

the union environment secretary should be dismissed immediately and all the approvals given by him during the last at least one decade should be thoroughly ...

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Sub: CBI and High ranking bureaucrats

I am reminded of a case more than three years ago where the Minister of Agriculture put a Secretary in his ministry on "compulsory wait", ...

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