ACB books several officials of CAPD, mill owners, contractors

The ACB sleuths conducting searches at one of the house in Jammu on Thursday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
The ACB sleuths conducting searches at one of the house in Jammu on Thursday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

Raids conducted in Rs 260 cr scam

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 20: The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) today registered a case against officers/ officials of CA&PD Department Udhampur, on the basis of complaint received by Vigilance Organization (now ACB) regarding the allegations of misappropriation of Rs 260 crores on account of cost of wheat grains, transportation charges, labour charges, grinding charges drawn on the basis of fictitious and false bills.
A verification conducted by ACB for the period of May 2013 to April, 2014 has revealed that 157 vehicles which have been shown in the wheat receipt statement of CA&PD were found non-existent either in the records of SRTC or in the records of FCI. Scrutiny of the record revealed that CA&PD Department Udhampur had shown wheat received from FCI Godown Udhampur through the vehicles for grinding at Trikuta Flour Mill Udhampur for which loading / unloading charges as well as grinding charges, cost of wheat and also transportation charges have been drawn.
However as per records provided by FCI and SRTC none of the mentioned vehicles were used/ provided for transportation of wheat which was shown loaded from FCI Godown to Trikuta Flour Mill Udhampur. It is pertinent to mentioned here that the then FCI Godown and Trikuta Flour Mill were situated at 30 meters distance only.
Moreover, some of vehicles shown used as trucks for transportation of food grains were found registered either as cars or two wheelers as per office record of RTO Jammu. As such it is evident that the quantity of wheat which was supposed to be loaded/ transported on the trucks was not actually transported thereby an amount to the tune of Rs. 91,97,250 approximately in the shape of labour charges, grinding charges, transportation charges, cost of wheat in the categories of APL, BPL and AAY for the period check period of May, 2013 to April, 2014 have been misappropriated by the officers/ officials of CA&PD Department in connivance with officials of SRTC, mill owners, transport contractors and others.
The investigations for the period before May 2013 and after April 2014 has also been started, an official handout issued today by the ACB said.
It added that public servants in connivance with mill owners and transport contractors abused their official position and thereby dishonestly and fraudulently conferred undue pecuniary advantage upon themselves and the mill owners, transport contractors and others by misappropriating in amount of Rs. 91,97,250.
On this, a case has been registered against the officers/ officials of CA&PD Department Udhampur and others for the commission of offences under Section 5(1) (c) (d) r/w 5(2) J&K PC Act, Svt 2006 and Section 120-B, 420, 467,468, 471 RPC and consequently a case FIR No.01/2020 was registered against the CA&PD Officers/ officials and others.
Searches were conducted at the premises of accused persons namely Muklis Ali, then Assistant Director, CAPD Udhampur, R/o village Shahdara Sharief, Tehsil Thanamandi, District Rajouri, Abdul Rashid, then AD CAPD Udhampur, R/o Pogal (Maligam) Tehsil Banihal, District Ramban at present Batote, near DIG office, Joginder Singh, then AD FCS&CA Udhampur, R/o Lower Roop Nagar Jammu, Romesh Chander, then AD FCS&CA Udhampur, R/O ITI College Samba, Romesh Kumar, then Supervisor, Trikuta Floor Mill Udhampur R/o Karan Nagar Udhampur, Sushma Gupta, then Supervisor Trikuta Floor Mill Udhampur, R/o H.No.191, Ward No.16, Venus Chowk Udhampur, Sushil Kumar, then Supervisor, FCI Udhampur, R/o Garhi, Tehsil and District Udhampur, Rakesh Pargal, then Supervisor, FCI Godown Udhampur, R/o Ward No.13, H.No.170, Hospital Road Udhampur (B) Badali Road Near Allah Dita School Udhampur, Deepak Abrol, Booking Manager, SRTC Udhampur, R/o H.No.248/A, Mubarak Mandi Jammu, Romesh Kumar , then Clerk Depot office SRTC Udhampur, R/o Near Park Housing Colony Udhampur, Sumit Mahajan, Amit Mahajan, Owner Trikuta Flour Mill Udhampur, R/o 51 B/C Gandhi Nagar Jammu, Owner Trikuta Floor Mill Udhampur and Paramdeep Singh (Contractor, SRTC) R/O House No.22-A, Sector-9, Trikuta Nagar Jammu.
During searches, a cash amounting to Rs 6 lakh was recovered from the house of Joginder Singh, then AD FCS&CA Udhampur. From other locations incriminating documents, laptops and relevant record, papers relating to properties and FDRs were seized on spot in presence of independent witnesses.
Further scrutiny of record and investigation of the case is going on.