Vigilance books officials of Information Technology Deptt

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 31: Vigilance Organization Kashmir (VOK) today booked officers and officials of Information Technology Department for making procurements without following the financial code/tendering process for their pecuniary benefits and thus causing loss to the State exchequer worth corers of rupees.
A case under Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered on outcome of a verification conducted by Vigilance Organization Kashmir into the allegations that from the period 2011 to 2015, the IT Department /JAKEGA, made procurements of Hardware/Software items and other goods from different vendors/suppliers without following the financial code/tendering process for their pecuniary benefits.
During verification conducted by VOK, it was revealed that the Department of Information Technology did not bother to adopt the tendering mode for making procurements and also most of such procurements were made without the approval of competent authority/governing body and without adopting, the procedure laid down for such procurements. Verification further revealed that the officers/officials of Information Technology Department have for their pecuniary benefits also made undue payments through cheques raised by illegal means and have also resorted to tampering of records etc.
By acting in this manner, Dara Singh, then System Executive, Additional Chief Executive officers, Khem Raj the financial advisor and CAO, Satnam Singh, Director Finance, Farooq Ahmad the then Sr. Assistant/Cashier and other officers/ officials of IT Department /JAKEGA in league with each other with the beneficiary vendors/ suppliers and others by abusing their official positions, illegally conferred undue pecuniary advantage upon themselves and to the blue eyed beneficiary suppliers/Vendors thereby causing huge loss to the State exchequer.
Accordingly a case FIR No. 02/2017 under section 5(1)(d) r/w 5(2) J&K P.C. Act,
Svt. 2006 and 120-B RPC in Police Station Vigilance Organization Kashmir was registered against these accused persons and further investigation of the case was taken up.