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CBI files charge-sheet against NEC officials
Correspondent SHILLONG, AUG 2:
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Published on 3 Aug. 2010 1:21 AM IST
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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a charge-sheet against five persons, including three North Eastern Council (NEC) officials involved in fraud amounting to Rs. 4.98 crore, a CBI official said Monday.
The charge-sheet, filed in the Special CBI Court in Shillong on July 30 named UN Majhi, former financial adviser, RP Kharpuri former director Science and Technology and Extension Officer (Seismology) AD Kharshiing. Majhi and Khapuri were retired government officials. The other two named in the charge-sheet include Peter Thorose, the principal and his deputy DD Syiem of St Peter’s College, Shillong, state capital of Meghalaya.
“On Friday, we filed a charge-sheet in the Court of the Special Judge against the five persons on the allegation of irregularities in implementation of a scheme - holistic Cluster Approaches at Grassroots level for Sustainable development in North Eastern Region,” DIG of CBI, H Nongpluh said.
The scheme was funded by the Science and Technology Sector of the NEC at a total estimated cost of Rs.4.98 crore which was to be implemented by St. Peter’s College in the year 2004-05 and targeted to be completed in the year 2006-07. Out of the estimated cost of 4.98 crore, a total amount of Rs. 2.67 crore was released by NEC in three installments i.e. Rs. 47.00 lakh, Rs. 20.00 lakh and Rs. 200.00 lakh to St Peter’s College in the financial years 2004-05 and 2005-06 for implementation of the scheme in five villages of Meghalaya, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
During the course of the investigation, the CBI found that the accused NEC officials did not conduct proper evaluation of the scheme submitted by St. Peter’s College at the time of granting Administrative Approval and sanction, nor was proper monitoring done by the concerned Sector of NEC during implementation of the scheme violating the various rules and guidelines issued by the government from time to time.
Out of the total Rs. 2.67 crore released by NEC to St. Peter’s College, an amount of Rs. 35 lakh was transferred to Meghalaya Environment and Wild Life Society, in which Peter Thorose is the Secretary and DD Syiem is the treasurer. A forged land document was submitted by Peter Thorose to show purchase of land worth Rs. 1 crore which was not actually purchased. Further equipments shown purchased were not available in the college. Thus the total amount miss-utilized by submission of false report/false bills/vouchers and forged documents came to Rs.1.26 crores.

 
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