The state finance department has pulled up several top police bosses for failing to file details of the money collected as vehicular penalty through Lok Adalats during the financial year 2012-13. The police bosses in the crosshairs of the finance department include several district police superintendents and commissioners of police commissionerates across the state.
Sources said just three of the 18 offices of district police superintendents have been prompt in filing detailed reports on the number of cases filed for traffic violations and the net amount collected as vehicular penalty. As for police commissionerates, just two of the five commissionerate offices have filed timely reports on these counts.
The offices of police superintendents in the districts of Murshidabad, Burdwan and Hooghly are the only ones to have bucked the unseemly trend and filed timely reports to the finance department. The Howrah and Barrackpore police commissionerates have also been similarly prompt with their reports.
The finance department, said sources, will shortly send notices to the offices of 15 district police superintendents to have defaulted on the reports and ask them to revert with the details at the earliest. Similar notices would also be despatched to the police commissionerates at Asansol, Durgapur, Bidhannagar and Siliguri.
According to sources in the state finance department, the defaults became known after the number of cases filed for traffic violations and the net proceeds from vehicular penalty came up far short than estimates. As per figures with the finance department, the net amount collected during 2012-13 is just Rs. 47 lakh from a total of 2,671 cases, as against the total collection exceeding Rs. 15 crore during the previous fiscal.
Even in reports filed by offices of three district police superintendents and two police commissionerates, there are anomalies with regard to the net amount money collected and cases filed. Of the R47 lakhs collected in 2012-13, Rs. 40 lakh alone were raised from 63 cases booked in Murshidabad. While the number of cases filed in Burdwan during the financial year 2012-13 stood at 312, the amount collected was a lot lower at Rs. 1.72 lakh. The collection from 413 cases in Hooghly was a paltry Rs. 97,000. The collection from 194 cases under Howrah Police Commiserate was Rs. 15,425. The worst returns were from the Barrack pore Police Commiserate, with the collection reading a measly Rs15,425 from 98 cases of traffic violations.