Drain Desiltation Scam: 12 Gmc Officials Chargesheeted | Guwahati News


Guwahati: The chief minister’s special vigilance cell (SVC) on Thursday filed a 851-page chargesheet against 12 officials of the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC), which include several engineers and two from a private firm, in connection with a Rs 20-crore scam in the name of carrying de-siltation work in the city during the period from April 2 to May 26 last year.
Vigilance cell SP Rosie Kalita said the chargesheet has been filed before the court in 82 days against the accused persons for committing criminal misconduct during the period of their office, which is in contravention with the laws laid down in the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 (as amended in 2018) and under the provisions of the IPC.
She added, “Upon completion of investigation of the case, sufficient documentary, material and circumstantial evidence were found to establish the criminal conspiracy and misconduct for committing misappropriation of government funds by the arrested accused persons.”
The arrested GMC officials include one officer on special duty, one chief engineer, seven executive engineers, two assistant engineers and one accountant. Of the two other arrestees, one is the proprietor of a private firm, Dinsan Global Venture Pvt. Ltd, and the other is his partner in the firm. The firm was engaged by the GMC for hiring of vehicles and machineries for carrying out de-siltation of river channels and drains for the period from April 2 to May 26 last year.
In mid-2022, then GMC commissioner Devasish Sharma detected some irregularities and illegalities in executing de-siltation work in the civic body for which he directed then joint commissioner Pankaj Chakraborty to conduct an inquiry and forwarded the report.
The inquiry report revealed that the private firm “submitted bills with forged weighbridge slips for several crores of rupees and withdrew the government funds and inflated bills to GMC showing supply of vehicles and machineries at inflated rates.”
The officers and staff of GMC criminally conspired and did not implement de-siltation work as per terms and conditions laid down in the tender documents and payments were released to the contractors without proper execution of works based on forged weighbridge slips for their own pecuniary benefits and misappropriated government funds meant for the developmental works in Guwahati, the report saved.


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