RLA tout scam: Vigilance dept questions authority’s employees

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Aug 20, 2014 10:51 IST

Going ahead with investigations into the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) tout scam, the UT vigilance department questioned the staff of RLA here on Tuesday.

The cops also verified the learning licence records of the RLA. The vigilance department has so far questioned Jose George, former RLA officer, and two RLA employees Rakesh Kumar and Vinod Kumar.

Vigilance inspector Gurjeet Kaur said they were questioning the staff and peons to get lead in the case. The records were being checked in detail and all aspects were being verified, she added.

The inspector said the role of former RLA officials was also under scanner, as the accused agent, Sonu, had divulged some names.

Sources in the vigilance department said the agent and the sweeper at RLA who was nabbed were in touch for more than six months. On disclosure of the sweeper, the cops claimed they had got certain vital clues which they were working on.

They added that some of the employees of RLA involved in the scam were playing it safe by keeping their mobile phones switched off and using the phones of sweepers to strike the deals.

On August 8, the RLA had busted a racket of agents who in connivance with a Class-4 employee of the RLA, Sector 17, were getting files deposited at the branch after charging money from applicants. A case against the sweeper was also registered.

The complainant, Mehakdeep, met an agent who offered to get the file of his sister’s learner licence deposited out of turn by charging `3,000.

After striking a deal with the agent for `1,700, Mehakdeep approached the RLA with the video recording of the agent and an RLA sweeper, identified as Rakesh, who was seen getting the file deposited out of turn. The RLA officer then informed the vigilance department.

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