The engineers of Labour and Construction Co-operative Federation (LACCFED) facing charges of embezzlement of government fund have started depositing money in the agencys account in an attempt to evade arrest.
The special investigation bureau (SIB) of police co-operative cell which is probing into the scam has so far arrested seven of LACCFED officials including four engineers in the case.
LACCFED general manager (GM) administration and finance,P N Singh Yadav said the details with the agency showed that the engineers have returned about Rs 4.5 crore in the LACCFED account between August 20 and end of September.
The engineers were supposed to submit bills against use of Rs 18 crore which was paid to them through cheques for construction works related to 18 government projects. The engineers either have to provide the bills or deposit the money in the agencys account,Yadav confirmed.
Yadav told The Sunday Express that the agency was allocated over Rs 300 crore for construction works in 18 government projects during 2010-2011 and the agency has so far received over Rs 265 crore.
As per the records available till July 2012,over Rs 220 crore of the amount has been spent on construction works and over Rs 45 crore are left in the LACCFED account,he confirmed.
Deputy SP,SIB,A P Gangwar said that the chief engineer and the accountant at LACCFED used to issue cheques in the name of engineers to be spent on construction works in different projects. The agency has 17 engineers and they had responsibility of carrying out the construction work as the agency was not allowed to give contract of such works to private firms.
The engineers used to collect money from the agency and spend on arranging labour,building material and other items required for construction work. They had to submit bills against the money paid to them,Gangwar added.
However,former managing director Ramhit Gupta and present GM P N Singh Yadav found during scrutiny of documents that the bills against over Rs 18 crore given to the engineers through cheques for construction work were not submitted to the agency.
The engineers facing charges include R K Mishra,who is present chief engineer,superintending engineer Ajay Kumar Dohre,executive engineers R K Singh,P K Singh,R P Singh,Pramod Kumar Singh,Sandeep Kumar,S B Singh,P K Bajpai,Pranay Kumar Tripathi,S K Ojha,Onkar Singh,Neeraj Khare and Sanjay Kumar (Rs 19 lakh).
Others include Assistant Engineer Awadhesh Kumar and junior engineers Rajesh Mohan Tripathi and Triloki Singh.
The same engineers are also under SIB scanner in a case lodged on a complaint by Yadav in February. He had alleged in the complaint that then chief engineer Govind Sharan Srivastava and accountant Anil Agrawal issued cheques of an amount of Rs 12.36 crore from the LACCFED account between 2010 and 2011. The cheques were issued in the name of engineers,but no document have been found yet to show that the amount was spent on any work.
Both,Srivastava and Agrawal were arrested in the case after they failed to provide any document in this regard.
Others who have been arrested so far in the scam include ex-GM Pankaj Tripathi,superintending engineer Ajay Kumar Dohre,executive engineers D K Sahu and Sanjay Kumar Vaishya and public relation officer Praveen Singh.
Former labour minister Badshah Singh has also been arrested for allegedly taking a cut money of Rs 5 crore for allocating fund to LACCFED in 2011.