Rs 6-crore fraud found in police records on vehicles hired for 2014 elections

Rs 6-crore fraud found in police records on vehicles hired for 2014 elections

SRINAGAR: Fraudulent and irregular payments amounting to Rs 5.87 crore have been found in the JK Police department by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India. These fraudulent and irregular payments have been made out of the Government of India’s funding to the police department for “carriage of constabulary and hiring of vehicles” during the 2014 parliamentary and assembly elections.
“An amount of Rs 4.04 crore was paid for hiring of “buses, trucks and light motor vehicles”, which turned out to be registered as scooters, motorcycles, non-commercial/ small cars, tractors and bulldozers or were non-existent,” says the report. “There was double payment of Rs 1.40 lakh while payment of Rs 1.52 crore was doubtful as there were no details of the vehicles hired. There was irregular payment of Rs 30 lakh on hiring of non-commercial vehicles.”
The report says that the police department’s record of 625 vehicles hired did not match with the type, specification or nature of the vehicles registered. The vehicles, the report said, were shown as buses (189), trucks (129), medium motor vehicles (95) and light motor vehicles (212) but were actually registered as scooters and cycles, tractors and bulldozers, or were non-existent.
“Two SSPs (Bandipora and Baramulla) had drawn (between June 7, 2014 and March 2015) an amount of Rs 1.05 crore as hire charges on the basis of list of vehicles prepared by the department itself. One SSP accepted and passed a bill raised by four transport/ travel agencies for Rs 0.47 crore without having the details of the hired vehicles,” the report reads.
According to the report, the government of India provided Rs 115.76 crore between April 2014 and March 2015 for carriage of constabulary and hiring of vehicles in connection with the conduct of parliamentary and state assembly elections. A scrutiny of the police records revealed that vehicles were hired without following rules and without verification of vehicle documents.
The CAG’s report was referred to the finance department for conduct of a detailed audit of expenditure last year. Nothing so far has been made public about this audit.

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