The police have booked three Dasuya municipal council (MC) officials, including executive officer (EO), for making bogus payments to contractors.
A case of embezzlement has been registered at the Dasuya police station.
An inquiry conducted by the chief vigilance officer (CVO) of the department of local government detected several alleged fraudulent payments made to the contractors, which were not commensurate with the development works they had undertaken in various localities of the town in 2011.
A technical team from the office of Jalandhar regional deputy director supported the findings. On the CVO’s report, Dasuya sub-divisional magistrate Barjinder Singh, who is MC administrator, ordered registration of first information report (FIR) against EO Tejinder Singh, junior engineer Harish Kumar and accounts clerk Hardev Singh. Tejinder Singh has since been transferred to Lohian nagar panchayat. All the three accused have been suspended.
The inquiry exposed bogus payment to the tune of Rs 11.68 lakh to the construction societies. An excessive payment of over `4.41 lakh was also detected. On-the-spot checking revealed that many places where work was reported to have done, showed no sign of the same while at others, work was not executed as per specifications.
Some works were allotted and paid for which were not mentioned in the estimates. For instance, at many places sanction was taken for 60 mm paver blocks but 80 mm pavers were laid and payments made accordingly.
Contractors were also given undue profit on material. Fraud case has been registered against Naushehra Co-operative Labour and Construction Society and Gauran Gate Co-operative Labour and Construction Society.
The contractors have been issued notices to deposit the amount within 15 days. Barjinder Singh said recovery notices had been issued to nine construction societies that bagged excessive payment for different works.
Going against the norms, tenders for works were issued to two little known regional newspapers published from Ludhiana and Chandigarh.