Complaint to the lokayukta by Praveer Krishn, principal secretary, cottage and village industries, horticulture and food processing on Saturday backfired as the MP government rejected his plaint for not following rules in the matter.
Principal secretary Krishn visited the lokayukta office on October 6 and lodged a complaint against IFS officer and former commissioner sericulture SD Pateriya, deputy director RK Shrivastava and field officers Ravindra Singh, YM Shrivastava, Pramod Pathak, Ajay Nema, DK Gupta, SS Soni, KC Chouwdhay and Laxman Lillore for fudging figures of silk production in the state, resulting in the loss of about `250 crore. Also, according to the complaint, irregularities were detected in construction work done by the department.
However, the chief secretary’s office rejected Krishn’s complaint to lokayukta saying that due procedure as laid down by the General Administration Department was not followed. The letter (in possession of HT) also questioned why a departmental inquiry could not be constituted in this case.
According to sources, the principal secretary received complaints from some officials of the sericulture department, who were earlier taken to task for misconduct. He did not constitute any inquiry in the matter and instead treated them as report and lodged a complaint with the lokayukta.
The report filed by the sericulture department to the chief secretary’s office clearly mentions that they have not received any inquiry report in the matter nor were they consulted before lodging a complaint with the lokaykuta. Rather, the report prepared by the sericulture commissioner disproved the points raised by the principal secretary in his complaint.
The then commissioner sericulture SD Pateriya, who has been named in the complaint, said he was ready for any inquiry in the matter. “No irregularity has been done by me as alleged in the complaint. No inquiry was conducted before lodging the complaint with the lokayukta. It is strange that a department with `90 crore budget could be accused of a Rs 250-crore scam,” said Pateriya.
Sericulture commissioner Satyanand refused to comment, while principal secretary Krishn was unavailable for comment.