MCD ghost employee scam: Police to lodge case

The Delhi High Court ordered the city police commissioner to register a criminal case against erring MCD officials allegedly involved in withdrawing salaries on behalf of hundreds of ghost employees of the civic body.

Last Updated: Aug 03, 2011, 20:00 PM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday
ordered the city police commissioner to register a criminal
case against erring MCD officials allegedly involved in
withdrawing salaries on behalf of hundreds of ghost employees
of the civic body.

A division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and
Sanjiv Khanna ordered registration of an FIR following
submission by standing counsel (civil) Nazmi Waziri that none
of the 1588 ghost employees, in whose names salaries had been
withdrawn, were traceable by the police in the probe conducted
by them so far.

Waziri submitted to the court that police needed to
register an FIR in this regard against the erring MCD
officials involved in withdrawal of salaries on behalf of the
ghost employees of MCD.

On Waziri`s submissions, the court also directed MCD
to initiate departmental inquiry against the MCD officials
responsible for release of salaries in name of its ghost
employees.

The bench asked the Delhi government chief secretary
to convene a meeting of senior MCD officials as well as the
police to find out a system to avoid recurrence of such farce
in MCD in future.

The bench also directed the commissioner of police to
file before it the suggestions over the issue in eight weeks.

Meanwhile, MCD counsel Sudhir Nandrajog submitted that
the department is considering steps for appropriate measures
to avoid any kind of absenteeism or the release of salary in
the name of non existing employees.

Earlier, the Delhi government had informed the court
that the MCD had caused a loss of about Rs 500 crore to the
public exchequer in past five years by paying salaries to
hundreds of its ghost employees.

In May last year, the court had directed the city
police chief to conduct an independent inquiry into the scam
after allegations that a probe by the civic agency would not
be proper.

The court order came during the hearing of a PIL filed
by Jagrook Welfare Society through counsel C S Parashar,
seeking a probe by the CBI or an independent agency into the
scam.

Following a November 2009 media report on the malady
of non-existing MCD employees drawing salary from the civic
body, the MCD had revealed that there were 22,853 gardeners
and sweepers as ghost employees on its payrolls and salary had
been drawn on their behalf despite the fact they were actually
not engaged.

PTI