‘Bulldozers hired to ferry cops during polls’

‘Bulldozers hired to ferry cops during polls’

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Police have not reacted to the reports of embezzlement of millions of rupees in the name of deployment of constabulary during the assembly and parliament elections held in the year 2014. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has found that a number of top-level police officers have forged documents to swindle money meant for hiring transport to deploy constabulary for the conduct of elections across the state.
A Jammu based newspaper reported that the officers including 68 senior superintendents of police have shown scooters, motor-cycles, bulldozers, tractors, their own private cars, condemned vehicles and government-owned vehicles as taxis and buses to ferry policemen during polls. Reports said that a large chunk of money from an amount of Rs 115.68 crore released under the Security Related Expenditure (SRE) for the purpose has been embezzled.
The CAG deputy accountant general has written a letter to the DGP along-with a 162-page report highlighting the misappropriation to the tune of Rs 6.09 crore.
The police remained tight-lipped on the issue after the issue came into public domain.
The report says that major embezzlement and misappropriation of Rs 2.0828 crore has been done by then SSP Police Control Room Srinagar. He had hired 3463 vehicles, out of which Audit team has checked 2348 and found 368 vehicles as fictitious. The officer had drawn money against two government vehicles as well and shown them hired as taxis.
The then SSP PCR Jammu has done embezzlement and misappropriation of Rs 1.6272 crore. He had hired 3040 vehicles, out of which Audit team has checked 2086 and found 237 vehicles as fictitious

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