Chandigarh, July 23, 2015: Haryana State Vigilance Bureau has decided to enlarge the scope of investigation in case registered against Naresh Kumar Sheokand, District Revenue Office (DRO), Panchkula and Bhim Singh, Senior Manager Punjab National Bank Jangpura, New Delhi at Bureau’s Police Station, Panchkula on July 22, 2015 for misappropriation of government funds meant for award of land acquisition. The case was registered under sections 409,420,467,471,120 b and 12 (1) d of Prevention of Corruption Act
While stating this here today, a spokesman of the Bureau said that during the investigation, role of the officials of Punjab National Bank, Panchkula and New Delhi, Induslnd Bank, Panchkula, J and K Bank, Chandigarh, Canara Bank, New Delhi, Central Bank of India, New Delhi, Maharashtra Bank, Yamunanagar would also be ascertained as connivance of some other bank official is suspected.
He said that the role of various beneficiaries who were in receipt of funds without any entitlement would also be investigated. The investigation has been entrusted to a Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by Rajender Kumar, DIG Vigilance. The utmost priority assigned to SIT is to recover Rs 47 crore of the state government money which has been illegally siphoned off by the DRO in connivance with bank officials and some individuals.
He said that a criminal case was registered against Naresh Kumar Sheokand, former District Revenue Officer, Panchkula and Bhim Singh, Senior Manager Punjab National Bank Jangpura New Delhi by the Bureau. Bhim Singh, Senior Manager Punjab National Bank, Jangpura New Delhi (now posted at Palwal), actively conspired in illegal diversion of these funds. Through a detailed web of multiple accounts opened without authority, the duo siphoned off Rs 47 crore of government money from National Highway Authority of India account alone besides temporary embezzlement of Rs 45 crore of funds related to Administrator, Haryana Urban Development Authority, Rohtak. The money was transferred to multiple accounts of private persons not connected in any way with land acquisition. A sum of Rs 250 crore was also diverted illegally in March 2013 which was returned after about a month.
A case has been registered on receipt of directions of the Government following vigilance enquiry in the matter. / (SK Vyas, Jalandhar)
Thursday, July 23, 2015