The Punjab Vigilance Bureau arrested Rajeshwar Singh, who was posted as inspector in the food and civil supplies department at Sultanpur Lodhi, for allegedly embezzling 3,191 quintals of wheat and causing a loss to the state exchequer to the tune of Rs. ₹80 lakh.
A spokesperson of the vigilance bureau said on Saturday that in 2021, District Controller of Food and Supplies, Kapurthala, along with FCI officials, took stock of wheat stored in the open plinths (warehouse) of Khaira at Sultanpur Lodhi, where misuse was detected. on about 24,240 quintals. . This wheat was to be distributed to poor families.
The spokesperson said that five inspectors of the department were nominated for this embezzlement, three of whom – Vivek Sharma, Vikas Sethi and Bhupinder Singh – have already been arrested.
“Rajeshwar was on the run for the last 18 months. He surrendered at the Sultanpur Lodhi court from where the vigilance bureau arrested him and he was given a three-day police remand,” he added.
During the investigation, negligence on the part of Sultanpur Lodhi staff in maintaining records and storage of wheat was found, he added.
Based on this investigation, a case against Vivek, Bhupinder, Vikas, Rajeshwar (all inspectors) and Manish Bassi, Assistant Food and Supply Officer, Sultanpur Lodhi, has already been registered under Sections 409, 120-B and Section 13(2). ) of Jalandhar Vigilance Bureau Police Station Prevention of Corruption Act.