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GMC de-siltation scam: How Crores of Govt Fund swindled; Prime accused arrested from Bihar

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The arrested has been accused identified as Mithu Agarwal. As per sources, Agarwal was arrested from the Supaul district of Bihar.
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GMC de-siltation scam: How Crores of Govt Fund swindled; Prime accused arrested from Bihar
GMC de-siltation scam: How Crores of Govt Fund swindled; Prime accused arrested from Bihar

Guwahati: The chief minister’s special vigilance cell on Friday arrested the main conspirator behind Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) sludge extraction scam.

The arrested has been accused identified as Mithu Agarwal. As per sources, Agarwal was arrested from the Supaul district of Bihar.

Agarwal’s name surfaced during the investigation of the sludge extraction fraud when ‘fake’ bills were issued to embezzle money from the GMC.

On November 22 of this year, CM Vigilance Cell issued a lookout notice against him after he remained absconding since the scam was unearthed in October.

Meanwhile, Agarwal will be produced before the Supaul Chief Judicial Magistrate on Saturday, said police sources following which he would be brought to Guwahati for further interrogation in connection with the case.

Vigilance cell SP Rosie Kalita said, “So far at least 14 persons arrested for their alleged involvement in the scam. All the accused were arrested and now the charge sheet will be submitted soon.”
Earlier, on October 21, special vigilance cell arrested eight persons including the officer on special duty (OSD) of Guwahati Municipal Corporation, and six Executive Engineers in connection with a multi-crore rupees forged bills scam in GMC.
The FIR was lodged based on the findings of the preliminary inquiry by the vigilance cell in August-September. During the inquiry, the cell found that the then GMC commissioner Debasish Sharma detected some irregularities and illegalities in the execution of de-siltation work during the period from April 2 to May 26 this year, for which he directed joint commissioner Pankaj Chakravarty to conduct an investigation.

During the probe, the vigilance cell found that the said firm submitted bills with forged weighbridge slips for several crores of rupees and withdrew government funds during the period.

“During the inquiry, it was found that Commissioner, Guwahati Municipal Corporation, detected some irregularities and illegalities in the execution of de-siltation works in the Guwahati Municipal Corporation for which he directed to conduct an inquiry by Pankaj Chakravarty, ACS, Joint Commissioner, GMC, and forwarded the inquiry report. The inquiry report made mentions a firm namely Dinsan Global Venture Pvt. Ltd. which was engaged in the hiring of vehicles/machinery for carrying out the de-siltation of channels/drainage for the period from April 2, 2022, to May 26, 2022,” Rajib Saikia, CPRO of Assam police said.

The said firm submitted bills with forged weighbridge slips for several crores of rupees and withdrew the government funds. The firm also submitted an inflated bill to GMC showing the supply of vehicles/machinery at inflated rates, he added.

The CPRO of Assam police also said that the officers and staff of GMC criminally conspired and did not implement de-siltation works as per terms and conditions laid down in the tender documents and payments were released to the contractors without proper execution of works based on forged and fake weighbridge slips for their own pecuniary benefits and misappropriated Government funds meant for the developmental works of Guwahati city.

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