Faridkot DTO booked in graft case

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Jan 02, 2015 14:28 IST

The Punjab vigilance bureau on Thursday registered an FIR against PCS officer Nachattar Singh Brar, posted as Faridkot district transport officer (DTO), and two other employees of his office for alleged corruption.

SSP vigilance bureau (Bathinda range) Sukhdev Singh Chahal said a case had been registered against Brar, clerk Amarjeet Singh and junior assistant Mehar Singh under sections 420, 120b, 467 and 468 of the IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act.

Brar is a 2005 batch PCS officer. Chief secretary Sarvesh Kaushal on Tuesday had cleared a file approving the registration of a case against the officer. A three-member special investigation team has been constituted to probe the scam.

Revealing the details of the scam executed with the involvement of Faridkot-based agents and some vehicle owners, Chahal said a team of vigilance officials, including Mansa DSP Paramjit Singh and Faridkot DSP Harjinder Singh, had checked the records of the Faridkot transport office from November 28 to December 2 and found anomalies.

“The inquiry found that the DTO had organised auction of fancy registration numbers on January 1, 2014, for auction of 1,438 numbers of the series from PB 04 T and large-scale corruption had taken place,” he said.

Chahal added, “Rather than allotting the numbers to those who took part in the auction, the numbers were allotted to people who didn’t even participate. The numbers were allotted at prices far below the price in the auction.”

The SSP said it had also been found that the DTO did not deposit the security fee given by the participants in the government coffers. “Also, the participants at the second and third place in the auctions, who deserved to be given a chance to purchase the numbers, were denied the same. The accused also destroyed and altered records,” said Chahal.

It has also come to light that the fee charged for the transfer of ownership of vehicles was less than the actual fee.

“So far, financial loss of Rs 1.3 lakh has been detected in as many as 56 such cases of transfer of ownership of vehicles,” said the SSP.

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