Chandigarh Nov. 23. On finding nexus between officials and contractor, which caused financial loss to it, the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam has today suspended its11 officials, including senior officers.
A spokesman of the DHBVN said here today that on receiving a complaint from a contractor regarding unscrupulous activities by the officials of the Nigam, Mr. Mohammed Shayin, Managing Director had constituted a committee of four officers, including Mr. R. K. Soda, Superintending Engineer, S.S. Yadav, Executive Engineer and two officers of Accounts Wing, to investigate into the matter. The committee found that there existed a nexus between officials of the Nigam and contractors, which resulted in quoting of rates in pool causing loss to the Nigam, misappropriation of material drawn from stores, wrong measurements, wrong certifications and undue directions to release the withheld payments. The committee yesterday submitted the report to the Managing Director Mohammed Shayin who observed that there was a nexus between contractors and officials and the loss caused to the Nigam by these officers was intentional. “It was astonishing to note that instead of putting a check on the misdeeds of juniors, the senior officers also indulged in mal practices. Taking a serious view of the matter, Mr. Shayin ordered suspension of 11 officials including Vipon Chanda, Superintending Engineer Construction Circle Faridabad, T. C. Kansal Executive Engineer Mahendragarh, M. L. Rohilla Executive Engineer Material Management, V. S. Sharma Assistant Engineer Construction Faridabad, Hanuman Datt Assistant Engineer, Badan Singh Junior Engineer, A. K. Singla JE, Manish Wadhwa JE, Rajesh Mudgal JE, Mange Ram Divisional Accountant and Vikram Singh SSA. Charge sheets are being prepared against the officials and will be issued soon. Mr. Vipon Chanda, V.S. Sharma, and Badan Singh are already under suspension in cases of bribe and malpractices. Mr. Shayin has observed from the report of the committee that the contractor who made complaint in this regard was in fact a part of the nexus. As long as his misdeeds were not disturbed or reported he was happy. He not only misappropriated the material at site, but also produced false bills against the material which was never supplied by him. He was involved in a criminal nexus with the Nigam officials and brought financial loss to the Nigam. In addition, he felt that the contractor deeply conspired to make a mockery of the system and took full advantage of the greedy nature of the Nigam’s officials. Suitable action will be initiated against the contractors. A strict disciplinary action will be recommended against an executive engineer of the Chief Electrical Inspector also.