BHOPAL: The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) has registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) in connection with the Rs 877-crore advance payment scam of the water resources department (WRD). When the case came to light, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan asked the EOW to probe the matter. The advance payment was made to a few contractors by changing the rules of the tenders.

In the state, it is the first such case in which the conditions of tenders were changed after the work order was released.

The order for registering a case was pending with the EOW because of the pandemic. The general administration department (GAD) had already passed the order. Now, the agency has begun an inquiry into the case by registering a PE.

According to the director-general of the EOW, Ajay Sharma, the PE has been registered on the grounds of a letter received from the state government. Sharma further says that records have been sought from the department concerned. The inquiry is set to begin only after the arrival of the documents, he adds.

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