THE CHANDIGARH Administration on Tuesday transferred the official accommodation of former Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) chief executive officer (CEO) Dr S B Deepak Kumar, which was allotted from the board’s pool, to the general pool of the administration.
The development assumes significance as the board had decided to get the house vacated from Deepak Kumar, who was transferred out of the board on July 14 following to a differences with the chairman Maninder Singh and board members.
The order has been issued by UT administrator Prof Kaptan Singh Solanki. The order reads: “The Administrator is pleased to withdraw house number 507, Sector 16 from CHB with immediate effect and to add the same in Chandigarh administration general pool for its allotment as residence and camp office of Dr SB Deepak Kumar.”
The house was allotted to Deepak Kumar after he was given additional charge of CEO CHB.
The CEO had allegedly spent over Rs 20 lakh on house hold items from CHB’s funds without taking approval from chairman and board.
The 2005-batch IAS officer is currently special secretary home, information technology, personnel, vigilance and secretary home allotment committee (upper).
CHB chairman Maninder Singh and Deepak Kumar refused to comment on the matter.
Stormy meeting likely
The decision of administration to transfer the house in the general pool has left the board members unhappy. Prem Kumar Kaushik, member of the board, said that the administration should have consulted the board before taking the step. “How is the board going to get back the money wasted on renovation of the house?,” questioned Kaushik.
Deepak Kumar has returned some of the items installed in the house, which the board now plans to auction.
As per the inquiry report, tabled in the board meeting held in January 28, Deepak Kumar had purchased fancy furniture worth around Rs 6 lakh. Curtains worth Rs 1.5 lakh, mattresses worth Rs 34,834, Standford set worth Rs 81,000 and bathroom fittings worth 64,260 and glass partition in toilets worth Rs 85,530. He even made the board pay for basic requirements like Rs 6900 for Tata Sky connection, Rs 1,800 for an electric Iron, Rs 2,500 for an Airtel 4G Internet connection etc.
In the board meeting scheduled to be held on July 28, the board members take a decision on how to overcome the loss.