Satyendra Dubey

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Satyendra Kumar Dubey (1973 - 2003) was the project director at the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). He was assassinated for his whistleblowing on corruption in the Golden Quadrilateral project.

Early Life

Satyendra K. Dubey, the son of Bageshwari Dubey and Phulamati Devi, was born at the village of Shahpur in the Sewan district of Bihar, India.

Until the age of 15 he studied at the Gang Baksh Kannaudi High School and then he went to Allahabad for higher education. He wanted to pursuit a career in Engineering. He admitted to the Civil Engineering Department of the IIT Kanpur in 1990.

He graduated with excellent marks in 1994.

Professional Life

After his graduation he entered the Indian Engineering Service (IES), before he was employed by the Ministry of Surface Transport in Delhi.

The S. K. Dubey Foundation claims that at the ministry he was offered a bribe but his reaction was to call the police.

In July 2002 he was employed by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).


Soon after his affiliation with NHAI, Dubey became the Assistant Project Manager at Koderma, Jharkhand, responsible for managing a part of the Aurangabad-Barachatti section of National Highway 1 (The Grand Trunk Road) in the Golden Quadrilateral Corridor Project.

He worked there until August when he was transferred to Gaya, where he exposed mishandling of funds by the engineers. At this time he also became the Deputy General Manager of the National Highway Authority of India.

S. K. Dubey had written some letters to NHAI and to the Prime Minister, reporting misuse of financial resources.

As the S. K. Dubey Foundation reports, after his arrival at Gaya railway station in the early morning, he was found dead by his driver, and the police suspects somebody who didn't want Dubey to be director eliminated him.

Some people, though, maintain the view Mr. Dubey's death was a case of simple robbery gone bad.

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