CBI publications ex-Sangeet Natak Akademi chairperson Leela Samson around irregularities

NEW DELHI: The CBI has booked ace Bharatnatyam dancer and previous Chairperson of

Sangeet Natak Akademi

Leela Samson for alleged “unfruitful expenditure” in Rs seven.02-crore renovation project of


auditorium of


Foundation, Chennai, officers reported Saturday.

Samson, a Padma Shree awardee and also a former chairperson of Central Board of Movie Certification, has been booked along with the then officers of the Basis: Main Accounts Officer TS Murthi, Accounts Officer S Ramachandran, Engineering officer V Srinivasan and proprietor of CARD and Chennai Engineers, they mentioned.

In a complaint to the CBI, the Main Vigilance Officer of the Society Ministry has alleged that the officers of the Foundation awarded the contract for the renovation operate to consultant architect CARD in violation of Basic Finance Procedures, they said.

Right after conducting an inquiry in 2016, the Tradition Ministry alleged that the 84-yr old Foundation experienced spent Rs 62.twenty lakh much more than the believed total on Rs seven.02 crore challenge.

The estimation supplied by the Central Public Functions Section discovered that the contracts ended up awarded at a greater amount and the payments produced to the contractors accordingly, according to an FIR registered in connection with the scenario.

Samson was the Director of the Basis amongst Could 06, 2005, and April 30, 2012. It was felt in 2006 that the auditorium built by the Basis in 1985 desired renovation, they claimed.

The venture aimed to up grade the seem procedure of the Koothambalam auditorium, developed in 1985, adopted by civil engineering performs, electrical will work, air conditioning and architectural options, the CBI FIR claimed.

The 33rd Governing Physique assembly held in 2009 decided to type a civil operates advisory committee and P T Krishnan,

Leela Samson

and Madhavi Mudgal were to put together necessary estimation primarily based on the suggestions of the Governing Board, it stated.

The civil operates committee appointed CARD as specialist architect in 2010 which gave contracts for 28 renovation will work to 5 contractors although committee also picked some contractors, it reported.

The ministry alleged in the criticism that the open up tender procedure was not adopted in awarding the contracts.

It also alleged that Samson unsuccessful to apprise the non-formal customers of the Will work Committee about the GFR norms and advise the Functions Committee about the CAG Inspection Report acquired in August 2011.

“As an alternative, approval of the Is effective Committee was obtained for two important expenditures in September and December 2011. She failed to spot the CAG Inspection Report in the meeting of Finance Committee and Standard Entire body conference held on January 23, 2012, and January 24, 2012, respectively and held these bodies beneath dark,” the agency has alleged.

The FIR, citing reviews, alleged even if there ended up only limited sources of source of subtle equipment for audio, phase lighting, these were being not justified in the file notings for resorting to confined tender, and consequently there was no justification in not resorting to open up bidding.

She was allegedly dependable for the losses incurred by the Basis on account of not opting for open up tendering as also mandated by the Basic Physique, it explained.