India; Bullet Train Project Chief Sacked on Allegations of Corruption

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Authorities in New Delhi terminated the services of an official in charge of the Indian govt.'s bullet train project over corruption charges.

New Dehli — Friday, Authorities in New Delhi terminated the services of an official in charge of the Indian government’s bullet train project over corruption charges.

According to the NHSRCL order, services of its chairman and managing director Satish Agnihotri were terminated immediately. NHSRCL is the National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited.

Projects Director Rajendra Prasad was nominated to serve as the chairman and managing director for three months from assuming charge until further order.

 The letter of the railway board reads, “The competent authority has approved the termination of office of Satish Agnihotri, and relieved with immediate effect.” The railway board letter was reported in the local media.

The termination order, however, does not state any specific allegations leveled against Agnihotri.

Last month, an anti-corruption authority court directed the CBI to undertake a corruption investigation against Agnihotri.

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The charges then included misappropriation and embezzlement of government funds and a quid pro quo deal with a private firm. CBI is India’s premier investigating agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation.

The NHSRCL is a joint venture between India’s federal government and other participating states for high-speed rail projects.

These projects include the much-touted Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train, expected to be completed by 2028.

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