A former public servant accepted HK$3 million in bribes in exchange for giving preferential treatment to companies tendering for work on public housing projects, a court heard yesterday. Prosecutor Shaun Kelly told a jury in the Court of First Instance that 60-year-old Chan Kau-tai, a chief building services engineer in the Housing Department, accepted bribes between April 1999 and August 2001. Chan, father of Canto-pop star Eason Chan Yik-shun, has been charged with 11 counts of a public servant accepting an advantage regarding the cash he allegedly received in return for giving preferential treatment to a variety of firms. Mr Kelly said the Independent Commission Against Corruption had installed a secret camera in Chan's office and recorded video of him talking to people about bribes in person and on the phone, and handling large sums of money. In the first count, it was alleged Chan made contact with a firm that had submitted the lowest bid on a proposed contract to supply electrical services to a redevelopment project at Upper Wong Tai Sin Estate Phase 1. He allegedly alerted one of the company owners to the fact their bid would incur a loss, and told them to contact the second-lowest bidder, Tridant Engineering. They did so and passed on Chan's suggestion for Tridant to pay him HK$2 million, HK$500,000 of which was to go to the lowest bidder, in exchange for his accepting their tender. The transaction was to be disguised by the purchase by Tridant of generators from the lowest bidder. Chan is alleged to have received his HK$1.5 million in a series of 12 instalments. It is alleged he later did various other favours in return for money. Daniel Lee Hon-man, a former assistant director in the development and construction division of the Housing Department and first prosecution witness, described how Chan's section was in charge of the tendering process for developments and their associated works. As the chief building services engineer for his section, it was Chan's responsibility to make recommendations regarding the suitability of particular tenders for particular projects. The trial continues before Mr Justice Michael Lunn on Tuesday.