Lokayukta sleuths raid PWD engg dept


Based on a complaint filed by a PWD Contractor Haji Hameed against AEE T S Lokesh that the officer had taken his cheque book and pass book and the latter was withdrawing money as and when he needs money.

When contacted, Lokayukta in-charge SP Varnekar said that the issue is complicated and it will take some time to go into the details of the charges against the officer.
On the other hand, PWD Executive Engineer Narasimharaju alleged that the complainant Hameed had stopped the works entrusted to him, halfway. The works totalling to about Rs 12 crore were undertaken at Puttur, Bantwal and Sullia taluks. “Just to complete the works on time, we had provided the contractor a JCB, tipper among other equipment after he assured to pay the material providers. But he had not paid the amount for the equipment used which totalled to about Rs 1.13 crore. As he failed to pay the dues, we decided to take cheques from him. Hence, he had given us the blank cheques,” Narasimharaju said.
Further investigations are on.

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