The Punjab School Education Board, Mohali, on Tuesday ordered registration of FIRs against two persons and placed 10 employees under suspension in the Rs 2.05 crore salary scam. Disciplinary action was ordered against five persons who were employees of the board when the scam took place; they have retired now.
PSEB chairperson Tejinder Kaur Dhaliwal ordered that FIRs be registered against two persons. While Shubh Karan was a junior assistant of the board, Meher Singh is a retired senior assistant. An FIR is already registered against Tarun Bhagirath, the prime accused in the case.
Confirming the development, the PSEB chairperson said, “Corruption will not be tolerated in the board. Strict action will be taken against everyone who was involved in the scam.”
A total of 10 employees were placed under suspension. They are Shubh Karan, Gurminder Singh (APO), Mohan Singh (senior assistant), Balbir Singh (senior assistant), Ram Singh (helper), Subhash Kumar (driver), Satish Kumar (superintendent), Mangal Singh (superintendent), and class IV employees Joginder Sijngh and Hazari Lal.
The board recommended departmental action against five employees who have retired. They are Maharaj Deen, Charanjit Singh Chawla, Dev Raj, Manjeet Singh and Meher Singh.
The scam had come to light when the board’s secretary pointed out suspicious financial transactions in the accounts. The transactions took place between 2008 and 2014. The involvement of Tarun Bhagirath, a clerk posted in the accounts branch, was found. An inquiry was conducted by a committee headed by B L Ahuja, former Dean Students Welfare of Panjab University. The inquiry report pointed at involvement of several employees of the board. The report mentioned 128 false transactions amounting to several lakhs.
It was found that Bhagirath discontinued the system of making a department-wise list of employees that was prepared for verification while paying salaries. He started making fake arrear bills and got them credited to the accounts of his wife and sisters. He also used salary accounts of dead and retired employees to make fake transactions.