Raipur: Chhattisgarh government has suspended 18 personnel of the Civil Supplies Corporation after the ACB seized unaccounted cash worth crores from their premises located across the state even as opposition Congress has sought a CBI probe into the "scam".
"Anti-Corruption Bureau and Economic Offences Wing had conducted simultaneous raids at 25 premises of Civil Supplies Corporation and its officials between February 12 and 13 and recovered cash worth Rs 3,64,63,320.
"In this connection, 18 officials-employees of the Corporation were suspended while (services of) two contractual employees are terminated. Besides, an official of the State Warehouse Corporation has also been suspended," Chief Minister Raman Singh said in a written reply to the question raised by state unit Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel in the Legislative Assembly here today.
Prominent among those placed under suspension are the Manager of the Raipur-based Chhattisgarh State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited (CSCSCL) Shivshankar Bhatt, Senior Assistant Jeetram Yadav, two Assistant Accounts Officers namely Trinath Reddy and Sudhir Kumar Bhole, and GK Dewangan, the PA to Girish Sharma, Managing Director at the Raipur-based head office of the Corporation.
Other employees facing the action are two Accounts Officers, four Quality Inspectors, CSCSCL Managers of Bilaspur, Dhamtari and Surajpur districts, besides the Branch Manager, Balod, of State Warehouse Corporation, DK Sharma, and two contractual employees who were working as Assistant Managers, Quality.
Singh said a total of 25 persons, including those under suspension, are made accused in connection with the raids.
While cash worth Rs 1.76 crore was recovered from Bhatt during raids, Rs 20 lakh was recovered from Girish Sharma, Rs 36.06 lakh from Jeetram Yadav, Rs 7.25 lakh from Bhole, and Rs 23.76 lakh from DK Sharma, Singh said.
The matter is under investigation and chalan will be fined against them as per rules, the CM said.
The main opposition Congress has sought dismissal of Food and Civil Supplies Minister Punnulal Mohile over the alleged "scam" and a CBI probe.