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Scam in MC Doda: Probe report yet to be made public
9/6/2018 11:08:26 PM
Early Times Report
doda, Sept 6: The district administration Doda, which had initiated a probe in July this year into misappropriation of funds by Municipal Committee Doda, is yet to make the enquiry report public.
Early Times had exposed the scam involving Rs 75 lakhs. Deputy Commissioner Doda had taken quick action on this issue and appointed Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Doda as enquiry officer. The officer had been directed to submit the report before August 10. Local residents had in fact hailed Deputy Commissioner for acting against the corrupt officials in the district.
As reported already, Deputy Commissioner Doda, taking cognizance of the Early Times report, had appointed DFO Doda Alok Kumar Maurya, IFS, as enquiry officer to probe into the alleged bungling, misappropriation and loot of public money. The officer had been directed to submit report not later than August 10.
Municipal Committee Doda had been exposed through an RTI reply which revealed that only 50% of the auction money was has recovered from several bidders from last few years when they were allotted shops by the Committee. A loss of more than Rs 75 lakhs had been estimated through this unholy practice during last 5 years.
The aggrieved persons had appealed State Vigilance Organsiation (SVO) to file a formal FIR and arrest the involved officers especially the incumbent Executive Officer and some of his predecessors and other officials of the Committee.
While auctioning various business units/shops in Doda town, the Municipal Committee Doda had not recovered 40 to 50% of the bid money. In many cases even less than 30% of the bid amount had been realized from the so-called bidders. In addition to it many 'blue-eyed' people who were allotted the shops through so-called bidding had sublet their shops to some other persons which is also a big scam.
Sources say that during bidding very high amount was fixed as the bid money, but when the final orders of allotments are made the rest of the money was hardly realized and in lieu of this officials of MC Doda got huge cuts from the allottees.
One Ajaz Iqbal Bhat was allotted a shop in Doda few years back and he had to pay bid amount of Rs 8.10 lakhs, but he only paid Rs 4.5 lakhs. Similarly one Chanderjit had to pay Rs 8 lakh, but he paid Rs 4 lakh only; one Buaditta paid Rs 4 lakhs out of Rs 8 lakhs; Hamidullah Suharwardy paid Rs 50 thousand only out of Rs 8 lakhs; and one Hussain Ahmad who had to pay Rs 25 lakhs paid mere Rs 12.65 lakhs as bid money. The pending bid money is yet to be realized as many officers have taken huge bribe for committing this crime.
Documents available with Early Times reveal that MC Doda had been auctioning its properties like shops from the last so many years through bid system. The bidding amount starts from lakhs and the bidders deposit only 40% or 50% of the bid amount and the rest of money is never deposited by most of the bidders. The reason is most of the bidders have political backing and they bribe the Municipal Committee officers.
Sources say that Executive Officer Municipal Committee Doda takes huge cuts from the bidders and never approaches them to collect the rest of bid money, thus causing huge loss to state exchequer.
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