JD(S) leader alleges Rs 58-lakh fraud in BBMP

Second division clerk misused DDs for sanctioning building plans

Addressing reporters on Saturday, Reddy said V Anandamurthy, a second division clerk in the office of the Assistant Director (Town Planning), Bommanahalli Zone, had misused the demand drafts (DD) for sanctioning building plan between April 1, 2010 and February 28, 2011.

Reddy said the clerk did not register some of the DDs in the logbooks, while some DDs were not entered in the bank pass-sheets. In such cases, the misappropriation was to the tune of Rs 20.13 lakh. There were neither challans available for some DDs nor were they entered in pass-sheets, though they were registered in the assistant director’s log-book. The total amount of such transaction is about Rs 6.13 lakh.

In another instance, there were bank challans of the DDs worth Rs 5.80 lakh but they were not entered in the bank pass-sheet. In some cases, the DDs were deposited under wrong names, which were sent back to the Palike, but the assistant director did not bother to recover the money, alleged Reddy. There were also instances, said Reddy, when Anandamurthy gave two receipts against each demand draft and used two letters of payment. This way the officer deceived Palike by another Rs 22.08 lakh.

When this matter came to the notice of the chief auditor of Karnataka, he wrote a letter to the Palike commissioner detailing the misappropriation by the clerk on April 12, 2011, and sought the recovery of amount, said Reddy.

Subsequently, the Palike employee made a submission that he did commit some error and would deposit the amount. “But till date, the clerk has not paid the amount. No action has been initiated against the clerk,” said Reddy.

Other cases

“Anandamurthy’s case is not an isolated one. There are many more such cases,” said Reddy. Citing the case of Palike’s senior clerk Anjanappa, who diverted employees’ funds to be deposited in insurance scheme into his account, Reddy said, “He misappropriated Rs 65 lakh to Rs 70 lakh, but instead of suspending him, the Palike transferred him to Malleswaram office on promotion.”

In another instance, a Palike employee on daily wages Vijayendra, who was posted in Yelahanka and was assigned the job of collecting property tax, misappropriated Rs 70 lakh. “He continues to be in service,” Reddy said adding that many such financial bunglings were not brought to the notice of the Palike commissioner. The JD(S) leader said the Palike was a reflection of the state of affairs in the State BJP government, where corruption is rampant.

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