Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday suspended three superintendent engineers of UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) and deputy chief accounts officer of Jhansi for alleged unnecessary purchases of electrical goods worth Rs 100 crore.
Taking serious view of the Jhansi scandal, the chief minister had also issued instructions to make necessary amendments in purchase policy so that bungling could be stopped.
Chairman UPPCL Sanjay Agarwal said that during the last two years superintendent engineers and chief engineers posted in Jhansi had made large-scale purchases of material, which was of no use to the department. Agarwal said the government was also apprised of a fire in godown in Orai recently. The corporation thereafter ordered a high level inquiry into the matter which indicated that the engineers had resorted to Rs 100 crore purchases of goods which were not being used in the department.
The probe committee also pointed out that neither the officers at the local level assessed the requirement nor there was any quality check. The government has also ordered recovery of fund from the pension of the two chief engineers MP Tripathi and RK Tyagi, who have already retired. Engineers Jai Gopal Gupta, Shashi Kant, More Mukut and account officer Rakesh Kumar Trivedi have been placed under suspension.
The scam has been handed over to the vigilance department for further investigation so that penal action could be taken against the officers.