Se­nior IAS of­fi­cer held in Rs 121 cr print­ing scam

The case per­tains to 2013 and 2017, dur­ing which Cho­han Do­ley served as Labour Com­mis­sioner twice. Do­ley, at present the pan­chayat and ru­ral de­vel­op­ment sec­re­tary, was ar­rested by the Chief Min­is­ter’s Spe­cial Vig­i­lance Cell

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A SE­NIOR IAS of­fi­cer of As­sam was on Tues­day ar­rested for al­leged mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of funds es­ti­mated at Rs 121 crore in print­ing works of the state labour depart­ment, po­lice said.

The case per­tains to 2013 and 2017, dur­ing which Cho­han Do­ley served as Labour Com­mis­sioner twice. Do­ley, at present the pan­chayat and ru­ral de­vel­op­ment sec­re­tary, was ar­rested by the Chief Min­is­ter’s Spe­cial Vig­i­lance Cell (SVC).

“We have ar­rested Do­ley for mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of funds un­der the Vig­i­lance

Case No 9/2017. The scam is es­ti­mated at Rs 121 crore and it took place from 2013 to 2017,” SVC SP Khanin­dra Ku­mar Choud­hury told PTI here.

The case is re­lated to award­ing con­tracts to a pri­vate firm for print­ing leaflets, fold­ers and other such ma­te­ri­als of the labour depart­ment dur­ing the said pe­riod, he added. “Do­ley was ad­mit­ted in Down Town Hos­pi­tal. We picked him up from there, brought him to our of­fice and ar­rested him. We will pro­duce him be­fore the court,” Choud­hury said.

He said the owner of the firm Piyang­shu Bairagi has al­ready been ar­rested .“Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on. At this point of time, we can­not say any­thing more,” he added when asked about pos­si­bil­ity of more ar­rests in the com­ing days.

In one of the big­gest crack­down against cor­rup­tion in re­cent times, the SVC has ar­rested 22 civil ser­vices of­fi­cials in last six days in con­nec­tion with the cash-for-job scam in the As­sam Public Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (APSC) and is look­ing for three more of­fi­cials, who are evad­ing ar­rests.

On Novem­ber 7, Direc­torate of In­for­ma­tion & Public Re­la­tions Di­rec­tor Ran­jit Go­goi was ar­rested by the SVC for an al­leged

Rs 32-crore scam in putting up of pub­lic­ity hoard­ings of Gov­ern­ment schemes dur­ing Congress regime.

(AFP)

A woman per­forms a rit­ual by light­ing diyas - earthen lamps as of­fer­ings to Lord Shiva on the last Mon­day of Kar­tik Pourn­ima fes­ti­val, at a tem­ple in Hy­der­abad on Tues­day.

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