CHENNAI: The Additional Director General of Police (Technical Services) has refuted the opposition DMK charge of irregularities in the purchase of various technical gadgets for the police department allegedly for Rs 350 crore.
While admitting “certain procedural irregularities” for which the Chief Minister (Edappadi K. Palaniswami) has ordered a probe by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption, the police department clarified that no amount was paid to the tender contractors.
Stating that the amount of Rs 350 crore for the APCO and DMR projects of the Technical Services in the Tamil Nadu police department, as quoted in the media “is not correct” an official statement on Thursday said the APCO project in two cities was for Rs 86.57 crore, was in advanced stage of completion. It was not executed by V Link Systems Private Limited, as reported in the media.
“The DMR projects for 10 districts are for a total of Rs 57.49 crore of which the tender for only one district worth Rs 3.49 crore has been finalised. The tender for the remaining districts are yet to be finalised and no payment has been made so far to any contractor in DMR and APCO projects,” the release from ADGP, Technical Services, said.
“It is pertinent to mention that the purchase of all technical gadgets, CCTV and all projects under Technical Services of Tamil Nadu police department are carried on with strict adherence to the procedures
prescribed under the Tamil Nadu Tender Transparency Act, 1998.
The requirements of police department are also duly scrutinised at various levels and purchases and tender processes are carried on with due approval of technical committee and other committees responsible for execution of tender procedures,” it added.
Further, the release pointed out that the Chief Minister had ordered the DVAC probe following the recommendation of the Director General of Police / HOPF — Tamil Nadu based on the review of various projects by senior officers of the Technical Services, during which certain procedural irregularities on the part of few officials of Technical Services were observed.
“The enquiry is under process,” it added....