Bhopal: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday raided the office of the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR) here and other places in connection with alleged corruption in construction contracts worth Rs 35 crore. A total of 21 places at Bhopal and Rewa were raided. There was a complaint that the NITTTR committed irregularities in granting construction contracts amounting to Rs 35 crore, which is being probed, sources in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) here said. The Bhopal office of NITTTR, the Rewa-based residence of former Director of the Institute Vijay Agrawal, and the offices of the contractors are being searched, the sources said.

They said the irregularities pertain to the tenure of Agrawal and that the CBI team has been looking for relevant documents. A CBI officer taking part in the searches at NITTTR office confirmed to the reporters that several other places also are being searched as part of the probe. The NITTTR-Bhopal is one of the four such institutes in the country.

Set up in the 1960s by the central government, they train polytechnic teachers in the areas of education, planning and management, curriculum development, and research.

CBI sources said that a case on a complaint from NITTTR, Bhopal was registered against then Director and unknown officials of NITTTR under sections 120-B and 420 of IPC and under sections 13(2) and 13(1)(d) of PC Act, 1988 for causing an alleged loss to Government Exchequer.

It was alleged that then Director, NITTTR, Bhopal allowed carrying out of several civil and repair works without inviting open tenders in violation of established rules and procedures. He also allegedly awarded several works on exorbitant rates varying from 204 per cent to 889 per cent of the rates approved by CPWD in Delhi Scheduled Rates (DSR) and caused huge loss to the tune of several crores of Rupees to the Government Exchequer.

Searches were conducted on Friday at 21 places at Bhopal and Rewa, including official and residential premises of the then Director; then In-charge, Civil Maintenance; then Senior Maintenance Supervisor; two then Accounts Officer; then Purchase Officer, all from NITTTR, Bhopal; official premises of 9 private contractors at Bhopal which led to recovery of around 138 incriminating documents, including 04 locker keys.