Vigilance claims Rs 8-crore loss in 2015 Faridkot DTO scam
Supplementary challan filed against the-then district transport officer Nachattar Singh Brar and clerk Amarjit Singh details charge.punjab Updated: Feb 02, 2018 13:30 IST
In a 2015 case registered after reports of scams surfaced in the allotment of fancy numbers and illegal vehicle registration in Faridkot district, the state vigilance bureau has claimed a loss of Rs 8 crore to the state exchequer.
This claim forms part of the supplementary challan that the vigilance filed in court in January against the then district transport officer (DTO) Nachattar Singh Brar and clerk Amarjit Singh. The main challan was filed in the district and sessions court in Faridkot on March 18, 2017.
Over 5,000 vehicles registered falsely
During a checking of record at the district transport office (DTO) from November 28 to December 2, 2014, the vigilance bureau found that around 5,250 vehicles from other states including 162 of Uttar Pradesh, 620 of Rajasthan, 4,120 of Haryana, two of Chandigarh and Uttarakhand each, six of Himachal Pradesh and 349 of the national capital terriroty of Delhi were illegally registered in Punjab during the tenure of Brar as the Faridkot DTO.
In several cases, the vehicles were registered without seeking the mandatory No-Objection Certificates (NOCs) from various stakeholders. An audit of fee deposit also revealed that in the transfer of these 5,250 vehicles, a loss of Rs 7.57 crore was caused to the state exchequer.
Embezzlement in vanity numbers
The supplementary challan also says that there was blatant embezzlement in allotment of 138 fancy numbers of (PB-04-T) series given through an auction on Jan 16, 2014.
“During investigation, 111 of 138 fancy numbers were allotted to people who neither participated in the auction, nor gave any application. Twenty-seven fancy numbers were auctioned, but the allottee didn’t deposit the full auction amount,” claims the vigilance bureau.
For example, PB04-T-0007 number was auctioned for Rs 4.5 lakh to Gurser Singh.
Later, the same number was issued to one Surinder Singh for just Rs 2.5 lakh. Interestingly, Surinder had not participated in the auction. The vigilance had reported that this allocation caused a loss of ₹32 lakh to the government.
Following the reports, Nachattar Singh Brar and clerk Amarjit Singh were booked for cheating, forgery, a disappearance of evidence, criminal conspiracy and Section 13 of Prevention of Corruption Act at the vigilance police station, Bathinda, on January 1, 2015.