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 on contract basis Mehar Singh under sections 420, 120b, 467 and 468 of the IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act.
Brar is a 2005 batch PCS officer and is on extended term with the government. He is due for retirement in February 2015. 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 also been constituted to probe further into 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 bureau officials, including Mansa DSP Paramjit Singh and Faridkot DSP Harjinder Singh, had checked the records of the Faridkot transport office from November 28, 2014, to December 2, 2014, and found glaring anomalies.
“During the inquiry it came to light that the transport office had organised auction of fancy registration numbers on January 1, 2014, for auction of as many as 1,438 numbers of the series from PB 04 T and large-scale corruption had taken place in the auction,” 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 in the auction. Names of fake participants were entered in the registers maintained for the purpose. The numbers were also allotted at prices far below the price in the auction, thereby causing financial loss to the exchequer.”
The SSP said besides this, 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 `1.3 lakh has been detected in as many as 56 such cases of transfer of ownership of vehicles,” said the SSP.