The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Rahul Bishnoi Tuesday issued arrest warrant against former District Revenue Officer (DRO), Panchkula, for his alleged involvement in a multi-crore scam related to shamlat land compensation.
Naresh Sheokand, the former DRO, is currently under suspension. The warrant was obtained by the Haryana Vigilance Bureau after it was found that Sheokand had allegedly carried out massive misappropriation of government funds in connivance with Bhim Singh, Senior Manager, Punjab National Bank, Jangpura Extention, New Delhi.
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According to the vigilance department, the initial investigation into the scam has revealed that accused Sheokand opened multiple accounts in Jangpura Extension and Malviya Nagar, New Delhi, and other branches of Punjab National Bank in connivance with Singh, and used these accounts for embezzlement and diversion of government funds meant for disbursal to the awardees whose land had been acquired.
A total amount of Rs 48 crore was allegedly defalcated by Sheokand, out of which more than Rs 37 crore was transferred to private people through electronic transfer, a vigilance official has stated.
The investigation has revealed that the recipients of this amount had no entitlement as their land was not acquired. Besides this, a sum of Rs 295 crore was embezzled temporarily. This amount has been credited back in government accounts.
In another development, anticipatory bail application of accused Bhim Singh was rejected by the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Gulab Singh on an order dated September 3. A lower court had issued arrest warrant of Singh in August for his alleged involvement in the case.
“We have formed various teams to nab both the two accused and recover the government money,” said a vigilance official.
Sheokand was booked under sections 420 (cheating), 409 (criminal breach of trust), 467, 468, 471 and 120 B of the IPC and 13 (1) d of the Prevention of Corruption Act at the State Vigilance Bureau police station in Panchkula on July 22.