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Petition against Jharkhand police chief for secret fund withdrawal

india Updated: Jul 18, 2009 13:24 IST

A public interest litigation (PIL) petition has been filed against the state police chief and others in connection with withdrawal of millions of rupees from the secret services (SS) fund.

The PIL was filed by Om Prakash, a resident of Ranchi, in the Jharkhand High Court on Friday.

The PIL was filed based on the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) and media reports. Jharkhand Director General of Police (DGP) Visnu Dayal Ram has been charged with withdrawing a huge amount of money from the SS fund and not submitting the utilisation certification to the concerned authorities.

The DGP had withdrawn Rs.5.6 crore in a single day from SS fund in 2006. The PIL says that the CAG had sought the utilisation certificate of the SS fund between July 2005 and March 2008 during which Rs.14.5 crore was withdrawn.

The PIL has sought a CBI probe into the withdrawal of the SS fund and removal of Ram from the post of DGP for a fair probe.

"The CAG has pointed out that the Bihar Finance Rules and manual of the special branch were overruled while withdrawing the SS fund," says the petition.

It further said: "I am a tax payer and the fund raised through taxes are being misused. The doubt also arises regarding use of the SS fund as the Maoist incidents are rising in the state."

The SS fund is being used by police to fight Maoist rebels. The money is paid to police informers. Details are kept secret but police officials have to submit utilisation certificates to the CAG.