New Delhi: The Director (Engineering) of the National Projects Construction Corporation has come under the CBI’s scanner in a Rs 25 lakh bribery case, where the probe agency had recently arrested seven people, including two NPCC officials, officials here said.Manohar Kumar’s role in the case while he was the Chairman and Managing Director in-charge of the NPCC between 2018 and April 2019 is being probed, they said. The Central Bureau of Investigation recently raided Kumar’s premises, including his NPCC office in Gurugram in connection with the case. Agency sleuths conducted searches at Uttam Nagar in Delhi and Ashok Vihar Extension in Gurugram. Retired NPCC official, Mahesh Kumar Kaushik’s premises were also searched by the probe agency. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The central agency had earlier this month arrested seven people in the case, including Ramesh Kotwal, NPCC Zonal Manager in Silchar and Latiful Pasha, Manager (Engineering) for demanding and accepting bribes to process bills of a civil construction project of building Border Out-Posts for the Border Security Force worth around Rs 60 crore. Officials said that searches from Kumar’s offices in Gurugram led to the recovery of several incriminating documents, including paperwork “connecting him to Kotwal”. At Kumar’s residence, agency sleuths found documents related to seven immovable properties worth more than Rs 15 crore in his and his family members’ names, several incriminating documents about illegal gratification, 3.4 kg of gold and diamond jewellery, and details of bank accounts under his and his family members’ names, with more than Rs 25 lakh. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe CBI also found property documents of eight immovable assets worth crores from the raids at Kaushik’s residence in Gurugram. Officials added that entries worth crores were also found in books of accounts of Kaushik’s family members in addition to details of at least 16 bank accounts held by him and his family members. The probe agency’s FIR alleges that Kotwal had initially demanded a bribe of Rs 40 lakh to process bills of construction work undertaken by one Gautam Construction Company. CBI sleuths had arrested the seven accused in a trap, including the director of the construction company, after the money exchanged hands at a Safdarjung hotel here.
Today (28 November), government announced that Local Enterprise Zones are pushing the UK ahead of global competitors after attracting overseas investment from Swedish automotive safety systems manufacturer, Haldex.Haldex is set to create its new European Technical Centre at the MIRA Enterprise Zone, consolidating its European R&D operations in the UK.The state of the art 25,000 sq ft facility will bring an initial 44 high tech jobs to the area, developing a new generation of safety systems.Five Enterprise Zones are firmly behind innovation in the UK’s automotive industry. They are part of government’s Automotive Industrial Strategy, which aims to secure the long term future of the sector and grow the UK’s share of it, using research and development to stay at the cutting edge of change.Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles said, “We have acted fast to tackle the deficit. We are now focused on backing the industries of the future, growing the private sector and making Britain a great place to do business.“When international companies like Haldex invest here it shows we have got our offer right. Every 20 seconds a car, van, bus or truck rolls off a UK production line and Enterprise Zones like MIRA Technology Park are magnets for the global motor industry with the best international businesses choosing them as their home.”This latest development adds to the host of other automotive companies that already base key parts of their global businesses as the MIRA site. Ashok Leyland, Bosch, and Lockheed Martin are already using the UK to develop the transport technology of the future, including the next generation of electric cars, braking systems, intelligent transport systems and unmanned vehicle systems. Government is investing £7.4m in loans to fund infrastructure investment to help MIRA expand.Secretary of State for Business Vince Cable said, “The British car industry is a big national success story. This year it has attracted more than £2.5 billion of investment and created 5,000 new jobs. Haldex’s decision to base its European Technical Centre at MIRA shows we are an attractive place for international companies to do business.“The Government’s industrial strategy is clearly working and giving business the confidence to invest and create more high skilled, long term jobs in the UK. We have launched the £3 million Automotive Investment Organisation – a specialist team dedicated to winning overseas investment in the UK car industry. We have also committed more than £1 billion over the next 10 years to ensure the UK maintains its leading position on researching and developing greener car technology.”Bo Annvik, President and CEO at Haldex, said, “The relocation of our European R&D Centre to MIRA Technology Park will allow us to expand our Engineering capabilities and benefit from integrating at one site our world class design and development resources with the multiple test track facilities at MIRA. We look forward to be a part of the MIRA community, and we believe that this initiative will be a keystrategic step in supporting our development that will benefit both Haldex and our customers.”Enterprise Zones are generating new long term investment , laying the foundations for future industries and helping to rebalance the economy. Since they were launched in April 2012, England’s 24 Enterprise Zones have attracted 212 businesses, secured half a billion pounds of private sector investment and created over 4,600 jobs.Today’s announcement is further proof that Enterprise Zones are attracting international companies, building centres of excellence in key sectors such as automotive, pharmaceuticals and renewable energy, and delivering the infrastructure and training that will ensure that Britain continues to be competitive and successful on the global stage. They are delivering government’s industrial strategy by investing in technology, boosting skills, strengthening supply chains and maintaining the UK’s business competitiveness.Over 35 top automotive companies, including Toyota, Cosworth and Pirelli, are already in Enterprise Zones in the UK. On top of that over 15 automotive businesses have moved to or plan to move to the Zones since 2012, including Ashok Leyland, Bloodhound, Bosch Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, Lockheed Martin, Norgren and Triumph.The Zones are working with local areas and schools to inspire the next generation of automotive workers and will create apprenticeships to train local people. By 2020, around 200 new apprenticeships and graduate training places will be required on MIRA. There is also an employment and skills work programme to support skills for businesses locating there.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)