Srinagar: Vigilance Organization has registered a case of misappropriation of government money against then in-charge Tehsil Supply Officer Rajouri and Kalakote.
An FIR No. 21/2018 U/S 5 (1) (c), 5(1) (d) under section 5 (2) Prevention of Corruption Act Svt. 2006 was registered against him. A Vigilance Organisation issued statement said a case was registered on the basis of verification conducted into the complaint lodged lodged by Mohd. Zaffar son of Ghulam Abbas resident of Ward No.8 District Rajouri alleging therein that Pranav Gandotra Incharge TSO Rajouri and Kalakote received an amount of Rs. 8020914/ from Asstt. Director CA&PD department Rajouri through two official cheques on amount of handling charges, meant to be disbursed to the concerned private ration dealers in district Rajouri and the (accused) officer disbursed lesser amount to the private dealers and has wrongly withdrawn the remaining amount from treasury.
Verification conducted by the Vigilance Organization into the allegations reveal that Pranav Gandotra received two cheques issued by Assistant Director, CA&PD Rajouri bearing no.132004 dated 03-06-2015 & no. 132014 dated 10-06-2015 amounting to Rs. 39,56,094 & Rs. 41,64,820 respectively for disbursement of handling charges among the private ration dealers, statement said. However, on examination of the ration dealers and scrutiny of record by the Vigilance Organization, it came to fore that he has actually disbursed lesser amount to the private ration dealers and manipulated the official record thereby misappropriated huge amount of Govt. money causing corresponding loss to the state ex-chequer.
Verification further reveals that suspect officer in a short span of service career enjoyed prize postings managed on the basis of illegal activities and ill-gotten money, statement said.
“On the prima-facie establishment of allegations, Vigilance Organization registered a formal case under relevant section of law and conducted simultaneous raids with the help of local police /magistrates at the residences/flats/office of accused person in Jammu in presence of independent witnesses,” VO statement reads.
During the process, huge quantity of Gold (weighing more than 4 KG), Silver (weighing more than 11 KG) in the shape of ornaments/utensils worth in crores, were recovered and seized. Documents pertaining to various immovable properties acquired by accused public servant were also recovered and seized.
Further detail of moveable property i.e. Fortuner Car, Innova Car and i10 Car have been obtained. Detailed and in-depth scrutiny of the seized record will be carried out during further course of investigation by sleuths of vigilance organization.