Govt refuses sanction in PCD Flood Light Scam
Vigilance files closure report after 6 yrs probe
GK NEWS NETWORK
Jammu, Aug 19: Refusal of the state government to grant prosecution sanction has forced the State Vigilance Organisation Jammu to close investigation in an alleged multi-lakh flood light scam, which surfaced in Police Construction Division, after six years of probe.
The Organization filed a closure report before the Special Judge Anti-corruption Jammu Kartar Singh seeking permission to close the case in view of the lack of prosecution sanction. The organization was probing the allegations that in the year 2005-2006, 2006-2007 the Corporation purchased the lights at highly exorbitant rates resulting in loss of the lakhs of rupees to the state exchequer.
The court was informed that the General Administrative Department (GAD) has ordered departmental action instead of launching prosecution against the public servants involved in the case.
The Court accepting the closure report observed that instant case owes its origin to a JSC initiated on June 21, 2007 on the basis of reliable information regarding the execution of electrification works, installation of Flood Lights by then Xen Police Construction Division on highly exorbitant rates in Jammu Province.
Verification was conducted into the allegations of execution of electrification works installation of flood lights by then XEN on highly exorbitant rates, it observed adding that during verification a random check of electrification works taken up for execution of DPO Border SP Border / SP CID CI Jammu, P/S Bari Brahmana, DPL, Jammu and Armed Police Complex Channi Himmat was conducted.
“The check has revealed that in and around the month of September – October 2005, a criminal conspiracy was hatched by Abdul Hamid Sheikh the then Xen and other officers of PCD with private persons namely Neeraj Mangotra and others with the object of obtaining undue pecuniary gains in the process of execution of electrification works”.
Court further observed that VOJ investigated the case and found the allegations proved against accused persons. The case was sent to the government for accord of sanction for prosecution of accused public servants involved in the case on January 8, 2010, it observed adding that the GAD vide communication dated April 15, 2010 intimated that competent Authority has ordered departmental action instead of launching prosecution against the accused public servant and the case is ordered to be closed.
The vigilance had booked Abdul Hamid Sheikh, the then XEN and other officers of PCD and private persons Neeraj Mangotra S/o Om Prakash R/o Talab Tillo, Jammu and Sheikh Javaid S/o Sheikh Ghulam Mustafa R/o Pirmitha, Jammu for causing unlawful loss to the state exchequer.
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