Friday, September 2, 2016

Vigilance to probe ‘graft’ in Road Safety authority

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Vigilance Director Jacob Thomas has ordered a probe into the alleged corruption to the tune of Rs 100 crore in State Road Safety Authority. The complaint was given by Thiruvananthapuram native and social activist Paychira Navaz.

Thiruvananthapuram Special Investigation Unit SP is in charge of the investigation. According to the complaint, there had been large scale irregularity in the utilisation of Rs 130 crore collected towards cess and fines. Safety Authority officials, relatives and benamis together committed corruption to the tune of Rs 80 crore. Account statement or bills were also not available for Rs 50 crore spent through Motor Vehicle Department, Keltron and NATPAC.

“Till date neither Accounts General nor Audit department has not made any inspection in the offices of Road Safety authority. But in the special audit held in April this year according to the instructions of Transport Commissioner, an irregularity of about Rs 150 crore was found. In 2008, the authority had issued a self-cheque for Rs 40 lakh in the name of road safety week celebrations. This went against the rule that transactions for amounts above Rs 1000 should be done only through cheques. The documents relating to Rs 40 lakh spent are also not available in the road safety authority office,” the complaint said.  

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