Vigilance files charge sheet against handloom develop corp officials

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Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir State Vigilance Organisation (SVO) on Tuesday filed a charge sheet against four officials of the Handloom Development Corporation in Samba district for allegedly causing loss to the exchequer by selling scrap at lowest rates.
The charge sheet was filed in an anti-corruption court after the necessary sanction was obtained from the competent authority for launching prosecution against the accused public servants, a spokesman of the SVO said.
He said the SVO had registered a case in 2014 against Vinod Koul, then project manager, export-oriented Handloom Development Corporation project, Samba; then in charge (processing) Daleep Kumar Thaploo, then accountant Raj Kumar Padha and then storekeeper Madan Lal besides proprietor of Messrs Laxmi General Store, Raman Pargal following complaints of irregularities in the auction of scrap.
During the course of the investigation, the spokesman said, it was established that the accused by abuse of their official position and in furtherance of a criminal conspiracy with each other caused loss to the Corporation by allowing Laxmi General store to lift 11,850 kgs scrap for an amount of Rs 1,61,616.
It was found that M/s Sunil Iron had quoted Rs 2,81,000/- per lot and there were three lots of scrap available on the spot. As in case, he was allotted the contract. An amount of Rs 8,43,000 could have been fetched by the Corporation for the deal, but the accused, by allotting the contract to M/s Laxmi General Store, Samba in sheer abuse of the official position and in connivance with the beneficiary had caused loss to the tune of Rs 7,23,534/- to the Corporation, the spokesman added.