Lucknow: Jailed bureaucrat Yadav Singh blew up Rs 10.6 crore on an extravagant lifestyle, including foreign jaunts to exquisite locations and a lavish dinner for guests at the wedding of his daughter, from 2004 to 2014 when he was chief engineer of Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities.
These and many other startling revelations have been made in a CBI chargesheet against Singh in a disproportionate assets case that was submitted before a Ghaziabad court last month. This is the third chargesheet filed against Singh by the CBI. The other two accuse him of corruption when he was at the top position during the BSP and SP governments.
Singh’s chartered accountant, Mohan Lal Rathi, moved an application before a Ghaziabad court last month saying he is ready to turn approver and depose as a witness against the suspended top bureaucrat.
The chargesheet alleges that the worth of assets disproportionate to Singh’s known sources of income during 2004-14 was over Rs 23 crore. Singh has more than 44 plots in the name of his family members, apart from three companies, according to the chargesheet.
Yadav’s wife bought₹1-crore jewellery
CBI said among the lavish expenditure was a dinner spread for 5,000 guests at the wedding of Karuna, one of Singh’s two daughters, in 2008. The family booked Noida Stadium in Sector 21A for the wedding.
Besides, in 2013, Singh’s wife Kusumlata bought jewellery worth Rs 1 crore from malls and showrooms in Noida. This included a Kundan necklace for Rs 5.21 lakh from a Rajasthan artefact showroom in Noida’s Sector 18, gold and diamond sets worth Rs 67.9 lakh from Great India Place Mall and precious stones worth Rs 22.64 lakh from Tanishq, the chargesheet reveals. Kusumlata comes from a modest background and helped her father sell bangles in Firozabad till 1981.
The chargesheet says that Singh’s family members bought 21 air-conditioners worth Rs 8.94 lakh in one go for their plush bungalow in Noida’s Sector
51. Two of Singh’s family members — wife Kusumlata and son Sunny — have also been booked by CBI.
Sunny, who works as a manager at the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority, spent Rs 6.83 lakh just on membership and stay at Radisson Blu Hotel in Noida. While Sunny’s payscale grade in the UP government is Rs 39,100 per month, his father’s was Rs 67,000, along with emoluments and benefits. The chargesheet also points out that while Singh possesses a .32 bore Smith & Wesson revolver, Sunny has a .32 bore licensed pistol.
Five months before income tax sleuths raided the Audi car of Singh’s aide that led to the sensational recovery of cash and assets, the family hosted a grand private function at Jaypee Greens Golf & Spa Resort in Greater Noida, where it paid Rs 4.5 lakh for a performance by noted singer Shalmali Kholgade, the chargesheet discloses.
The chargesheet has also revealed that Singh, who started as a modest lighting inspector after doing a diploma in electrical engineering, did not have the BTech degree till 1997, 18 years after his service.