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Booked in liquor scam, Katni collector removed from post

A day after the Lokayukta police registered an FIR against Katni district collector Prakash Jangre for alleged misuse of official position in awarding liquor contracts, the Madhya Pradesh government removed him from the post and posted him as deputy secretary at the secretariat.

bhopal Updated: Jun 24, 2016 19:18 IST
The liquor contracts were awarded by Katni collector Prakash Jangre for the financial year 2016-17 and were cancelled on April 25, 2016 by the excise department.
The liquor contracts were awarded by Katni collector Prakash Jangre for the financial year 2016-17 and were cancelled on April 25, 2016 by the excise department.(Representational picture)

A day after the Lokayukta police registered an FIR against Katni district collector Prakash Jangre for alleged misuse of official position in awarding liquor contracts, the Madhya Pradesh government removed him from the post and posted him as deputy secretary at the secretariat.

The order issued by the general administration department (GAD) reads, “Prakash Chandra Jangre, collector Katni, is hereby temporarily posted as deputy secretary at state secretariat (Mantralaya) till further order.”

The Jabalpur unit of Lokayukta Police on Thursday also charged district excise officer RC Trivedi for misusing his official position in auctioning of liquor outlets causing a loss of Rs 6 crore to the state exchequer.

The liquor contracts were awarded by Jangre for the financial year 2016-17 and were cancelled on April 25, 2016 by the excise department.

The 17 demand drafts submitted by the liquor contractor in lieu of contract awarded to them to run country-made liquor shops in various places in Katni were not cleared by the bank.

In less than one month, two collectors have been removed from their posts.

On May 26, Barwani collector Ajay Singh Gangwar was removed from his post after he posted pro-Nehru comments on Facebook and allegedly criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an FB post. He was also transferred to the secretariat as deputy secretary.

It is not the first time Jangre has been in the news. In October last year, his alleged slapping of a public works department (PWD) executive engineer snowballed into a major controversy, with the state engineers’ associations demanding his suspension.

Jangre had, however, dismissed the allegations as baseless stating he had only scolded the officials for his “apathy” towards work.

In November, the state government transferred Jangre and posted him as deputy secretary in the state secretariat. In the first week of January, Jangre was again transferred and posted as collector of Katni.