SVC orders inquiry into ‘fraudulent’ payments made by JU engineers

On the basis of the merit of the complaint and the secret verification conducted in the matter, the State Vigilance Commission (svc) has asked the Vigilance Organization (VO) to initiate regular preliminary inquiry into the allegations leveled against two engineers of Jammu University for making fraudulent payments.

The Commission had received a complaint about the misuse of official position and university funds by two Assistant Engineers working in the Works Department of Jammu University.  The complainant alleged that the concerned engineers, hand in glove with contractors, have drawn the payments of works despite knowing that substandard material, which too in less quantity was used in construction works, by the said contractors. It further alleged that advance payment was made by the engineers to the contractors for construction of MBA building prior to starting of work in violation of prescribed norms.

The secret verification conducted by SVC in the matter prima facie revealed nexus between the concerned engineers and contractors, “who in league with each other have drawn payments fraudulently for their personal gains.” The report further reveals that substandard material that too in less quantity has been used in the construction works.

In view of the gravity of allegations leveled against the engineers, the SVC directed the Vigilance Organization to conduct a regular preliminary inquiry in the matter.

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