The Delhi police on Wednesday informed the High Court that an FIR was registered against seven MCD regular employees who failed to turn up for biometric attendance done by the agency to verify the authenticity on the allegation that more than 22,000 'ghost employees' had drawn their salary.
Filing an affidavit before the division bench of chief justice Dipak Misra and justice Sanjiv Khanna, standing counsel (Civil) Najmi Waziri submitted that MCD had supplied a list of 10,702 regular employees and the police verified on door to door basis, however, seven of them still remained absent.
On March 17, the Economic Offence Wing of the Crime Branch police has registered a cheating case under various sections of the IPC, the counsel added.
The counsel submitted that a verification of 29,680 substitute safai karmacharis given by the MCD, was underway but alleged that after calculation the figure came to 29,589 employees.
To the lawyer's submission, the court directed the MCD to supply a comprehensive list of regular and substitute safai karmacharies by May 4.
Earlier, the bench had transferred the probe to Crime Branch and directed its Commissioner for a thorough investigation into the scam after being dissatisfied with the in-house probe report submitted by the MCD over the issue.
The bench had also given a direction for finding out the actual number of safai karmacharis associated with the agency.
In November 2010, following an actual verification through the biometric system, installed by M/s Transline Co, about the number of employees in its pay rolls, MCD had revealed that 22,853 workers were its ghost employees.
The agency had admitted it was an administrative lapse which has been costing the civic body a whopping Rs 17 crore every month.
The court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed by Jagrook Welfare Society, an NGO, through counsel C S Parashar seeking a CBI or an independent agency probe into the scam.