Bhubaneswar, November 16 (LocalWire): The state Lokayukta has issued a notice to the vigilance directorate asking its anti-corruption investigation wing to furnish a compliance report on the alleged misappropriation of Rs five crore in Jajpur tehsil.
Responding to a petition alleging go-slow in the probe into the fiscal bungling, the anti-corruption watchdog has asked the vigilance director to submit a report on the pace of progress in the case.
Quoting findings of the special audit squad of Board of Revenue, the petition had sought the intervention of Lokayukta in the matter.
The petition has alleged that Rs five crore government fund was siphoned off by the officials and employees of the tehsil between 5 April 2016 and 31 August 2017.
According to the petition, the amount that was earmarked for payment of compensation to oustees was transferred to the tehsil account instead of the bank account of the land acquisition office.
The audit had recommended initiation of departmental proceedings/prosecution against the erring officials under Odisha civil service rules, 1962 and amended version of rules, 1992.
Later the vigilance wing of the state police had taken up the matter and had registered a case in this connection.
“The vigilance probe has made little headway and the alleged offenders who swindled the government funds have gone unpunished,” the petition sent to the Lokayukta stated.