The Panjab University has dismissed one of its employees and suspended another on the charges of embezzlement. The two cheated another employee of Rs 50,000 by tampering with the details in the list submitted to the bank for crediting the amount in the accounts of university employees.
The university authorities, on July 20, also lodged a complaint with the local police for registration of a case under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), 466 (forgery of record) of the Indian penal code against the accused.
The two have been identified as Ajay Kumar Gupta, a contractual employee posted in the accounts department who has been dismissed, and Ashutosh Sharma, senior assistant posted at regional centre, Hoshiarpur, who has been suspended.
In the complaint lodged by chief security officer PK Dhawan, it was stated that a cheque of Rs 6.28 lakh was issued in favour of assistant general manager, State Bank of India, Panjab University branch. As per the office record and the vouchers duly passed by the audit, the amount was to be credited in the bank accounts of various university employees for payment of their salary, arrears and conveyance bills.
In the complaint, it was submitted that of the total amount, Rs 3.31 lakh was to be credited in the account of Aruna Sood posted at the Hoshiarpur regional centre, as arrears. However, instead of transferring the money in Aruna's account, the amount was credited to the account of Ashutosh Sharma. The accused later transferred only Rs 2.81 lakh into the account of Aruna Sood.
After receiving lesser amount, the victim approached the bank and an inquiry was initiated. The report was submitted to the varsity on July 10. The report revealed that the cheque dated July 5, 2011 for Rs 6.28 lakh along with a pen-drive containing a list of the beneficiary employees, bank account numbers and nature of payment was sent to the bank by Ajay Kumar Gupta, who was the dealing officer.
Gupta, it was alleged, tampered with the list before submitting the cheque and replaced the account number of Aruna Sood with Ashutosh Sharma's.
When contacted, SHO Sector 11 police station inspector Gurmukh Singh said they have investigated the complaint and moved an application to seek permission from higher authorities for registering a case.
Meanwhile, Ajay Kumar Gupta has moved an application for anticipatory bail in the local court, which will come up for hearing on August 4.
University finance and development officer (FDO) Vikram Nayyar said the university had already acted against the erring employees and are also scanning other records to ascertain their involvement in other cases of cheating and forgery.