Delhi Urban Shelter Board official suspended

Delhi Government today suspended a senior official of the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board for alleged misappropriation of funds.

Last Updated: Sep 22, 2010, 23:08 PM IST

New Delhi: Delhi Government today suspended
a senior official of the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board
for alleged misappropriation of funds.

Assistant Director (cash) of the board Purshottam Kumar
has been suspended for his alleged involvement in
misappropriation of funds amounting to Rs 3.51 crore,
officials said.

Delhi Finance Minister A K Walia said financial
irregularities were detected in several financial dealings
involving the board, which was earlier functioning under the
MCD as Slum and Jhughi Jhopri department.

The irregularities have been detected in the process of
depositing charges which have been collected from the
squatters over the years.

Officials said an FIR has also been lodged at the
Indraprastha police station.

It has been found that Kumar used to collect the charges
from the squatters in cash or cheques. The cheques were
deposited in an account maintained with the Central Bank of
India whereas cash amount collected was not deposited in the
bank and instead fake counterfoils with bank stamp were given
to the squatters as proof of payment, the officials alleged.

Walia has directed the board to further study the old
records thoroughly to know about the exact quantum of alleged
embezzlement of funds.

He also directed to stop all the transactions in certain
saving bank accounts of the board.

Walia has further instructed the Board to be vigilant
in further transactions.

The Finance Minister also instructed that records
relating to property allotment be computerised and reconciled
on priority within a period of three months.

PTI