FIR lodged in MCD salary scam, police inform Delhi HC

The Delhi High Court was on Wednesday informed by the city police that FIR has been registered against 212 unknown persons who were not enrolled as employees of MCD but withdrew salary from the Corporation.

Last Updated: Oct 27, 2010, 21:03 PM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court was on Wednesday
informed by the city police that FIR has been registered
against 212 unknown persons who were not enrolled as employees
of MCD but withdrew salary from the Corporation.

In addition, the court was also informed that police
have initiated separate inquiry to verify the authenticity of
more than 22,000 safai karmacharis who have been associated
with the civic agency.
Appearing for the police, Standing Counsel Najmi
Waziri submitted before a division bench of Chief Justice
Dipak Misra and Justice Manmohan that as per the police report
during the door-to-door verification, 212 unknown persons out
of 22,853 ghost employees have been found missing so far and
FIR was registered recently.

Earlier, the bench had transferred the probe to Crime
Branch of Delhi Police and directed its Commissioner for a
thorough investigation into the scam after being dissatisfied
with the in-house probe report submitted by the MCD over the
issue.

The bench had also given a direction for finding out
the actual number of safai karmacharis associated with the
agency.

In November last year, following an actual
verification through the biometric system, installed by M/s
Transline Co, about the number of employees in its pay rolls,
MCD had revealed that 22,853 workers were its ghost employees.
The agency had admitted it was an administrative lapse
which has been costing the civic body a whopping Rs 17 crore
every month.

The court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation
filed by Jagrook Welfare Society, an NGO, through counsel C S
Parashar seeking a CBI or an independent agency probe into
the scam.

PTI