Two post of­fice staffers booked for bungling ₹6 lakh

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Punjab/Haryana - Jatin­der Kohli let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

In­volve­ment of two post of­fice em­ploy­ees in an al­leged mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of funds worth ₹6.2 lakh has come to fore at Day­alpur sub-post of­fice of the district.

The same was re­vealed dur­ing an in­ter­nal probe by post of­fice in­spec­tor (south sub-di­vi­sion). Fol­low­ing which, se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice (SSP ru­ral) Gur­preet Singh Bhullar or­dered regis­tra­tion of the first in­for­ma­tion re­port (FIR) against two em­ploy­ees, sub-post­mas­ter (SPM) Bal­i­har and gramin dak se­wak (GDS) Kul­winder Ram, on Thurs­day.

The FIR was reg­is­tered un­der Sec­tions 409 (crim­i­nal breach of trust by pub­lic servnt, or by banker, mer­chant or agent), 465 (forgery), 467 (forgery of valu­able se­cu­rity), 468 (forgery of valu­able se­cu­rity), 471 (us­ing as gen­uine a forged doc­u­ment and 120-B (crim­i­nal con­spir­acy) of the In­dian Pe­nal Code (IPC) at Phillaur po­lice sta­tion.

The re­port states that Bal­i­har was work­ing as SPM at Day­alpur sub-post of­fice. He al­legedly hatched a con­spir­acy with Kul­winder on May 4, 2016 and re­port­edly com­mit­ted the fraud of ₹6, 22,199 lakh in a seven-time de­posit (TD) ac­count, which was trans­ferred from Day­alpur to Gobind­puri, New Delhi on April 13, 2001.

The fraud came to light when the clo­sure amount of th­ese TD ac­counts were de­posited in a sav­ing bank ac­count. The sav­ings ac­count was opened at ₹100 us­ing false doc­u­ments. Then with­drawals were made from the ac­count in al­leged con­nivance with Kul­winder Ram who had signed as a wit­ness for the with­drawals, from May 4 to May 5.

Thein­ter­nal­core-bank­ingsys­tem alerted the higher of­fi­cials,af­ter which they found that th­ese ac­counts were al­ready trans­ferred to Delhi.

Fol­low­ing this, the TD clo­sure amount was dis­al­lowed and an in­ter­nal probe was started, which found that ₹6,22,199 was mis­ap­pro­pri­ated from May 4 to May 7.

The re­port states that the duo have cheated the govern­ment by forging and fal­si­fy­ing records. Se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent of post of­fices of Jalandhar di­vi­sion Mo­ham­mad Hanif said, the of­fi­cials have been sus­pended and in­ves­ti­ga­tion is go­ing on against them.

THE SAV­INGS AC­COUNT WAS OPENED AT ₹100 US­ING FALSE DOC­U­MENTS

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