Vigilance books CA&PD officials in funds embezzlement case

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JAMMU: Vigilance organization on Thursday said they booked officials of CA&PD officials for misappropriation of funds.
A Vigilance press handout said that a case under FIR No. 07/2018 under Section 5(1)(c) 5(1) (d) r/w 5(2) of J&K PC Act Svt. 2006 and 467, 468 & 120-B RPC was registered in Police station VOJ against Zaffarullah Batt the then Assistant Director CA&PD Kishtwar and Saroop Chand TSO Paddar/Kishtwar on the basis of a JSC conducted into the allegations of misappropriation of huge amount of money committed of freight charges of food grains by one Saroop Chand, Sr. Assistant posted in the office of AD, CA&PD Kishtwar during his posting as Tehsil Supply officer Padder revealed that during the period commencing from 05/2008 to 08/2010 the then Assistant Director CA&PD Department Kishtwar Zaffarullah Batt had drawn an amount of Rs2,35,00,000 as advance incidental charges for TSO Paddar.
It added that out of the said amount Rs 19, 62,028 had been found illegally diverted by Saroop Chand to TSO Kishtwar and rest of the amount had been referred to TSO Paddar.
JSC conducted further revealed that Saroop Chand the then TSO Paddar has shown in disbursement payment sheet that he had disbursed Rupees 19, 62,028 received by him among the drivers / markbans and carriage contractors Kishtwar which otherwise was meant for Tehsil Padder, a statement said.
“During the course of JSC it was found that the then TSO Saroop Chand and Zaffarullah Batt, the then AD CA&PD Kishtwar in connivance have prepared forged record and have shown the disbursement of the amount (Rs.19, 62,028) among the people who during the probe were not found. Thus the above named CA&PD officials in sheer abuse of their official position and under a criminal conspiracy have misappropriated an amount of Rs 19,62,028 and thereby caused huge loss to the state exchequer. The investigation of the case has been taken-up,” a statement said.