The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has ordered lodging of a first information report (FIR) against two employees in the Rs 2 crore salary scam. The board has also suspended 10 employees and ordered disciplinary action against five retired employees of the PSEB.
An FIR has already been lodged against the prime accused, senior assistant in the accounts branch of the PSEB, Tarun Bhagirath. The board on Tuesday ordered an FIR against senior assistant in the account branch Mehar Singh and junior assistant Subh Karna.
The board has suspended junior assistant Subh Karan, assistant publication officer Gurminder Singh, assistant Mohan Singh, senior assistant Balbir Singh, superintendents Satish Kumar and Mangal Singh, class 4 employees Joginder Singh and Hazari Lal, and helper Ram Singh.
A recent inquiry conducted by principal of Guru Nanak College, Budhlada, Dr Kuldip Singh Bal had indicted Bhagirath for crediting money in fake bank accounts of the PSEB employees. Bhagirath also used to transfer money in his, his wife's and sister's accounts. The report, which was submitted to PSEB chairperson Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal on June 22, gives details of 128 fake transactions by Bhagirath.
Before Bhagirath joined the PSEB accounts branch, a department-wise list of employees was prepared for verification while paying salaries. However, Bhagirath discontinued the system and introduced computerised bills of employees alphabetically, irrespective of their position or place of posting. The earlier system of physical verification by the head of department was also stopped.
Taking advantage, Bhagirath started making fake arrear bills and got them credited in his, his sister Pooja and wife Shiwinder Kaur's accounts. His wife, also a senior assistant in the board, has already been placed under suspension.
The accused also used salary accounts of the dead and retired employees to make fake transactions. More than `1 crore of the embezzled amount has been deposited in Bhagirath's account alone, the report revealed.
The board has also ordered disciplinary action against five retired employees, including superintendents Charanjit Singh Chawla and Manjit Singh, junior assistant Dev Raj, senior assistant Mehar Singh and Maharaj Din.