Corruption watch dog, Vigilance Organization is contemplating to nail more officials in connection with Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development Agency (JAKEDA) misappropriation case.

State Vigilance Organization Chief, Muneer Khan said that he has directed all officers to ensure early conclusion of all corruption cases registered in the organization.

Khan said that in connection with the misappropriation case of JAKEDA, registered under FIR No:-10/2015 P/S VOK, more officials are to be questioned.

“The investigation is on in the case. We have called more officials for questioning. I can say that who so ever will be found involved in misappropriating the funds, will be booked according to the law,” the Director vigilance said. It may be noted that on 13 March last month, the organization arrested Shafqat Sultan, (CEO) Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development Agency (JAKEDA) in Solar Home Lighting Systems (HSL) scam.

In 2009-2010, the officer as the then CEO was accused of bungling while purchasing solar lighting systems.

According to the charge sheet, he purchased the lighting system at higher rates incurring heavy losses to the state exchequer.

“The officers of Vigilance Organization have been directed to speed up the investigation process and ensure that corruption-related cases are disposed of in a time-bound manner,” he said. He said that the officers have also been asked to make better use of latest gadgets and technologies in collecting evidence while dealing with such cases. Sources said that initial investigation has revealed that more than 1 crore was misappropriated by Shafqat Sultan, (CEO) who was arrested last month.

“The investigations has revealed that the order for HSL’s was made only when the five days were remaining in the expiry of the contract in which the quotation price was less for the purchase of HSL’s then the price they were ordered. Sultan deliberately placed the order to BEL at higher rates which caused the loss of Rs. 1493/- per unit on the purchase of 6872 units of SHLs which incurred the total loss of Rs. 1, 02, 59,896,” sources said adding further investigations are on in the case.

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