Four city officials detained in connection with Rs 200 crore scam

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Last update: August 04, 2022, 9:52 PM IST

The arrested defendants were brought before a municipal court today and we have taken them into custody for a day (Representative image)

The defendants were identified as co-director of the civic body’s audit arm Deepak Thapar, accounts manager Vishal Kaushik, financial controller Satish Kumar and accounts manager Hargulal Phagna.

The Vigilance Bureau has arrested four senior municipal corporation officials here in connection with a Rs 200 crore scam.

The defendants were identified as Deepak Thapar, deputy director of the civic body’s audit arm, account manager Vishal Kaushik, financial controller Satish Kumar and account manager Hargulal Phagna. Vishal Kaushik was captured in Yamunanagar while three others were arrested at different locations in Faridabad.

The arrested defendants were brought before a municipal court today and we have taken them into custody for one day. We interview them, said Kuldeep Yadav, SP, Vigilance Bureau, Faridabad. According to sources, all the defendants held important positions in the municipal corporation and passed bills without any verification or inspection. In this way, crores of rupees were paid to a contractor without any work.

The Vigilance has already arrested contractor Satbir, suspended chief engineer Daulatram Bhaskar, JE Deepak and another civil servant Raman Sharma, who were released on bail by the court. The scam came to light in May 2020. Four councilors had complained to the then municipal commissioner that the accounts department of the civic body had made payments to the various businesses of the entrepreneur Satbir without any work. Following the irregularities observed, the municipal commissioner recommended an investigation by Vigilance.

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