AAP govt suspends 3 Jal Board officers for making bogus payments

Three Delhi Jal Board (DJB) officers were suspended on Tuesday for making payments to contractors on bogus bills.

Delhi: Three Delhi Jal Board (DJB) officers were suspended on Tuesday for making payments to contractors on bogus bills.

This information was tweeted by Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia.

He also said that CEO of Delhi Jal Board was asked to blacklist erring contractors.

At the same time the ACB has been asked to register FIR against the corrupt officers.

Sisodia posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter: “Just suspended three officers in Delhi Jal Board for making payments to contractors on bogus bills.”

In another tweet he wrote: “Two of their works found not executed. Payments were done,” adding, “Have directed CEO, DJB to blacklist the erring contractors.”

Deputy CM further posted: “Have directed ACB to register FIR against the corrupt officers of DJB.”

Earlier on March 21, the (DJB) had suspended three of its employees over charges of corruption and irregularities in meter-reading and billing, levelled by a city resident.

The decision came after one Sohan Pal, a resident of Kalyan Puri, alleged inflated water bills and bribe being demanded by officials at the Janta Darbar of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on March 19.

According to DJB officials, Pal during the Darbar had also alleged that when he contacted the officials over the "spiralling bill", they asked for a bribe of Rs 6,000 and when he refused to pay the bribe, his bills "further sky-rocketed".

The consumer had been representing through various authorities against the water bills received by him and had finally decided to meet the CM at his regular Darbar.

The file was called on the same day after the complaint was handed over by the Chief Minister's office for examination.

"The facts after the examination clearly pointed out mala fide on the part of both the Meter Readers Satish Sharma and Umesh Sharma. The role of the meter inspector Vinod Kumar was also found to be suspicious since he should have checked such a high amount bill properly before allowing it to be delivered to the consumer," DJB had said in a statement.

It had also said that based on the facts found in the examination, both the meter readers and the meter inspector have been placed under suspension till detailed investigation is undertaken by vigilance department.

A show-cause notice was also issued to the Zonal Revenue Officer (ZRO) for not explaining the position in the entire matter, the DJB said.

(With PTI inputs)

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