Orissa: Cashier accused of embezzelling funds

A case of alleged embezzlement of government funds of Rs 1.9 crore has been registered against the cashier of a district panchayat office in Orissa`s Jajpur district, official sources said Monday.

Updated: Oct 10, 2011, 10:39 AM IST

Jajpur: A case of alleged embezzlement of government funds of Rs 1.9 crore has been registered against the cashier of a district panchayat office in Orissa`s Jajpur district, official sources said Monday.

The alleged embezzlement was unearthed during an
internal audit in 2010-11 with the cashier Bichitrananda
Mohanty failing to furnish details of the unspent money, the
sources said.

Though Mohanty told audit officials that Rs
2,27,57,773 was unspent and in SBI and UCO bank accounts, on verification a balance of only Rs 37,23,16 was discovered.
It was found that money was withdrawn between April 1,
2010 and July 21, 2011 which not shown in the office cash
registrar.

The audit officials had informed Panchayati Raj
secretary P K Jena.

The district collector, directed by Jena made an inquiry and found the allegation true.

"After being directed to inquire I formed an inquiry
committee which corroborated the report of auditors," Jajpur
collector Anil Kumar Samal said.

The cashier has absconded, he said.

PTI