THE ECONOMIC Offences Wing (EOW) on Friday registered a case against three persons including an officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in connection with the theft of cashbooks from the protocol office in Mantralaya.
The EOW has registered a case against former Protocol Officer Rajesh Mishra, an IAS officer, in whose tenure the cashbooks containing details of the transaction worth several crores had reportedly gone missing.
Mishra and two others—T Tigga and A N Sahay—who were also posted at the Protocol Office earlier, have been booked for fraud, forgery for purpose of cheating, using as genuine a forged document and conspiracy.
Director General (EOW) O P Garg said that the case had been registered under sections 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC apart from sections 13 (1)(B) and 13 (2)(D) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Mishra was posted in the CM secretariat until January 2 when he was transferred to the Department of Backward Classes and Minorities’ Welfare as Secretary.
The cashbooks were reported missing from the protocol office in Vallabh Bhawan last year. The disappearance of these cashbooks containing details of transaction worth over Rs 4 crore and some files from an almirah had come to light in the month of September 2006. Subsequently, a case was registered with the Jehangirabad police.
Later, a special squad led by IG Sanjeev Kumar Singh was entrusted with the task of inquiry and officers and employees of the protocol office were quizzed.
Statements of officials who had served in the office in the past were also recorded and search operations were conducted, but owing to the lack of evidence nobody could be nabbed. Then the case was handed over to the EOW. After interrogation and examining the evidences, the EOW on Friday registered a case against the three officials. Despite several attempts Mishra could not be contacted on phone.