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FIR Lodged Against PWD Officials For Misappropriation Of Govt Funds

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HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Feb 27: Assam Police have filed a First Information Report (FIR) against officials and staff of the Public Works Department (PWD) Dibrugarh Rural Road Division, along with personnel from the Office of the Chief Engineer, PWD Roads, Assam, and the PWD Budget Branch, Assam Secretariat, Dispur, Guwahati for misappropriation of government funds, said an official statement on Tuesday.

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The FIR alleges misappropriation of government funds amounting to Rs 1,30,47,282.00.

As per the statement, these individuals colluded with certain contractors to submit forged demand proposals for 16 fictitious road construction projects.

“These projects, supposedly outlined in the proposals, were never executed in the field,” the statement read.

The FIR of the instant case was based on six forged demand proposals, later on 10 more suspected forged works were included into the ambit of investigation. The case is registered under Vigilance P.S. Case No. 07/2017, citing various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, it further said.

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Following the conclusion of the investigation and upon receiving prosecution sanction orders against the implicated government officials, authorities have submitted a chargesheet, marked as Chargesheet No. 02/2024 dated 26.02.2024, to the Special Court.

“The chargesheet targets 21 arrested accused individuals, out of 24 initially implicated (with three deceased), spanning a total of 1344 pages,” the statement concluded.

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