The Assistant Registrar, Co-operative Societies, has recommended the filing of a criminal case against the former officebearers of a government doctors’ housing society who are serving senior doctors at a Chandigarh hospital, for alleged criminal conspiracy, embezzlement and misappropriation of funds.
The indicted members include the former president, Dr B S Chavan, ex-secretary, Dr G P Thami and ex-cashier, Dr Surinder K Singhal of the Central government Chikitsak Co-operative Group Housing Society Limited, Panchkula.
While Dr Chavan is now Head of Psychiatry at GMCH-32, Dr Thami heads the Dermatology department and Dr Singhal is Associate Professor, ENT, at the same hospital.
The Chief Minister’s office has given its nod for “stern action” in the case. Prior to the registration of an FIR, the Economic Offences Wing of Panchkula police has begun investigations into the case. It has sought immediately the records of the society.
Dr. Chavan said the charges were baseless and cast aspersions on the complainant and the inquiry. The inquiry by the Assistant Registrar of the Co-operative Societies followed a complaint submitted by Amit Mittal, a resident of Sector 21, Panchkula through the ‘CM window’ in July, 2015.
The inquiry report (a copy is with Chandigarh Newsline) was submitted to CM Grievance Redress and Monitoring System, Haryana on July 6. Following this, the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) asked the Assistant Registrar to take appropriate action.
“As per report, most of the allegations mentioned in the complaint have been proved against the society and its office-bearer. As, also recommended, stern action may please be taken against all the persons who have been found guilty at personal level,” the communication from the CMO said.
Highlighting that the alleged office-bearers hatched a criminal conspiracy, committed fraud, tampered records, embezzled and misappropriated funds, the Assistant Registrar then wrote to DCP, Panchkula, on July 13, stating, “In compliance of CM office decision, an FIR under the provisions of criminal code of procedure be lodged against B S Chavan, former President, G P Thami, former secretary and Surinder Singhal, former treasurer immediately.”
Inspector Mahender Singh, Economic Offences Wing (EOW) said he has received the complaint and the enquiry is on. “We have not registered any case yet, as the matter is under investigation. We have sought details of some records from the members and they will be verified.”
Devinder Beniwal, who as Assistant Registrar conducted the inquiry, said he had been recently transferred. “I cannot comment as I have been officially relieved from the position and transferred,” he said.
Dr B S Chavan said, “These are baseless allegations. Mittal was a defaulter who had not been making payments and Beniwal was allegedly putting pressure on them to pay a bribe to settle the matter. We have met Registrar, Co-operative Societies and complained against Beniwal, who has been transferred and demanded fresh unbiased enquiry. We are also supporting police in the investigation and providing all facts and figures. The truth will come out eventually.”
The foremost among the allegations is that instead of buying land in Haryana, the society changed its registration to Zirakpur, which falls in Punjab. without paying the necessary fee. Dr Chavan claimed that the by-laws that govern co-operative societies “were not clear to us”. As land was not available in Panchkula, he said, the society was forced to buy land in Zirakpur.
The Central Government Chikitsak Co-operative Group Housing Society Limited was registered in February, 2006 with 24 promoter’s members, under Group Housing Scheme 2005 floated by HUDA.