|Early times Report|
Jammu, Jan 24: Team of Crime Branch Jammu conducted searches in the house of one Nikhil Gandral S/o Lt. Sh. Ravinder Kumar Gandral R/o H.No. 24, Lane No.7, Greater Kailash, Jammu, involved in case FIR No. 02/2020 U/S 409, 420/IPS r/w 13(1) (c) P.C. Act-1988 P/S Crime Branch Jammu for misappropriation of Govt. Revenue in PHE Department to the tune of Rs. 1.64 Crores while being posted as cashier at PHE City Division No. 1 Jammu. The searches were conducted under order of Court in the presence of an Executive Magistrate. During the search, some documents have been seized which are being further scrutinized to get more clues regarding the embezzlement. A written complaint was lodged by SurinderAbrol, Executive Engineer PHE, City Division-01 Jammu for registration of FIR against accused, posted as cashier in the office of Executive Engineer, PHE, City division No. 01, Jammu, for committing embezzlement of government revenue amounting to Rs. 1.64 Crores). Crime Branch Jammu initiated criminal proceedings into the matter and conducted preliminary verification in light of the contents of the complaint, which substantiated the allegations against the accused. Accordingly, a formal case was registered and in depth investigation has been set in motion. During investigation it has been found that the revenue collected by field staff and consolidated with AEEs, which was handed over to cashier Nikhil Gandral by sub-division clerks has not been deposited in the treasury by said cashier who was entrusted with such revenue in his capacity being a public servant, thus committing dishonest misappropriation of Govt. revenue, causing wrongful loss to Govt. exchequer and wrongful gain to himself. Further investigation of the case is going on.