Anomalies galore at accounts dept
SEVERAL ANOMALIES have come to light during investigation in the functioning of the accounts department of the Kanpur Municipal Corporation (KMC).Updated: Apr 27, 2006 00:22 IST
SEVERAL ANOMALIES have come to light during investigation in the functioning of the accounts department of the Kanpur Municipal Corporation (KMC).
Three cheques have been found missing from the department during investigation along with other irregularities. Of the three cheques, two were against KMC’s account number 3447 at the Swaroop Nagar branch of the Allahabad Bank. While another cheque was against the Motijheel branch of the State Bank of India.
It may be pointed out that embezzlement of money to the tune of Rs 7.50 crore has been reported from KMC’s account number 3447 at Allahabad Bank. From this account, payment to contractors had been made. An inquiry had already been ordered to investigate the matter.
Acting municipal commissioner Raghvendra Vikram Singh today visited the accounts department and inspected important files. According to sources, he solicited information about the payments made to contractors, pending dues of pensioners and other matters. He also wanted to know about the cases pending in courts against the KMC.
The turn of events at the KMC could be gauged from the fact that the CM during his last visit to the city suspended municipal commissioner Arvind Singh after taking cognizance of several complaints against him.
It may also be pointed out that KMC administrator and DM Anurag Srivastav seized all powers of chief accounts officer PN Singh on charges of gross irregularities. The additional accounts officer is currently looking after the department.
It seems that problems for both Arvind Singh and PN Singh seems to be never ending. Both the officials are facing contempt of court notices from the Allahabad High Court. They have been ordered to personally appear before the court on May 11.
The court has observed that both the officers had willfully and deliberately disobeyed its March 9 order.
Instead of clearing pending dues of pensioners and employees from the fund released by the State Government, Arvind Singh made payments to contractors.