He has withdrawn excess salary for himself: Dir ULB
Kupwara, Sep 22: In a major expose of financial fraud in Municipal Committee Handwara Tehsil in Kupwara district, the authorities have suspended and attached an official and initiated a high level enquiry into his role in the financial fraud.
Sources in the department told KNS that the Clerk posted in MC since 2007 has allegedly mismanaged the committee funds, embezzling nearly Rs 32 lakh rupees from various accounts of the committee.
KNS has accessed the confidential Audit report of the department wherein the official has been accused of overdrawing money from various accounts.
Official sources said that the Audit report was conducted after the Executive Officer of MC Handwara, Habibullah Darzi, sent a communication to the Director Urban Local Bodies complaining about the embezzlement.
Consequently, the EO asked the accused Clark to recover Rs 20 lakh which as per sources were deposited in MC Handwara Chest under G.R Number 0553297 dated 28-08-2017.
Sources told KNS that following EO’s tough stand and his formal complaint to Directorate, the Director Local Bodies Riyaz Ahmad Wani took swift action and suspended and attached Zahoor Ahmad Dar to Directorate vide Number DULB/A/2575/PS/162 dated 13-09-2017.
The Director Local Bodies, Riyaz Ahmad Wani has constituted an enquiry committee comprising of three members headed by Executive officer Pattan Abdul Ahad who have been asked to submit a detailed report.
Wani told KNS that the accused Clark has withdrawn excess salary for himself amounting to more than 20 lakhs, which has been recovered from him.
He said that the fraud was “deliberate and intentional” for which he has been suspended.
He added that the investigation will be conducted to unravel the financial embezzlement which has been taking place from the last 16 years.
Executive Officer MC Handwara Habibullah Darzi told KNS that every single penny of the embezzled money would be recovered from him. (KNS)