ZP employee sacked for swindling funds

Staff Reporter

He allegedly forged documents and withdrew PF of employees

ANANTAPUR: A junior assistant with the provident fund section in the zilla parishad office here, D.M. Basha, was removed from service on the charges of swindling Rs. 13.43 lakhs by fudging documents and forging signatures of officials. The charges were proved in an inquiry conducted by the zilla parishad.

The swindling came to light in December 2004, when the junior assistant sent a note file to the then chief executive officer of zilla parishad K. Sripathi Rao for drawl of Rs. 70,000 provident fund amount of an employee instead of Rs. 7,000. In an inquiry conducted by the then deputy CEO it had come to light that the junior assistant had drawn amount illegally in 23 cases.

The report mentioned that the employee had swindled Rs. 13,42,506 with the help of fake documents and forgery signatures in the name of applicants who had applied for withdrawal of provident fund amount.

An employee had applied for drawl of Rs. 7,000 from his PF amount but the note file sent to the CEO was for Rs. 70,000.

The inquiry found that the modus operandi of the junior assistant was he would draw a demand draft in the name of the applicant and later withdraw excess amount in the name of the applicant by fudging documents and forging signatures. The junior assistant was suspended in 2005 and criminal case was registered against him in Two Town police station here on May 10, 2005 (83/2005).

Later, unknown persons deposited Rs. 6,71,306 through ‘challan’ to the zilla parishad provident fund account. A few retired teachers also deposited Rs. 2,13,811 through ‘challans’. With the voluntary deposit of a major portion of the swindled amount another Rs. 4,57,389 was unrecovered. The officials are of the view that those who had deposited the money may have a role in the scam.

The junior assistant later moved the court alleging that he was suspended on false charges and his suspension be revoked. However, the court set aside his request stating that the charges against him were already established. He did not respond to repeated notices of the zilla parishad as part of recovery of the remaining amount.

He was removed under CCA Rules recently and Revenue Recovery Act was also invoked against him for recovery of the remaining amount. In another case, the junior assistant had withdrawn Rs. 1.3 lakh PF amount in the name of one Ismail Khan, a panchayat secretary, against Rs. 30,000 applied for by the latter.

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