CBI probes irregularities in Defence ministry’s resettlement directorate
The CBI is investigating at least 108 suspects for massive irregularities in the Directorate General of Resettlement (DGR) of the defence ministry that deals with the resettlement of ex-servicemen after their retirement from the service.
The Preliminary Enquiries (PE) registered by the agency in May last are now in advanced stages of investigation, CBI sources said. They reveal how officers of the three services were provided employment in multiple agencies affiliated with the DGR, at least 71 cases wherein two officers with same identity number were given employments and even offices were registered from places that never existed. Interestingly, in one of the cases, seven training institutes under the DGR have been registered at just one place in Nagal Raya-New Delhi.
The CBI started the probe after being directed by the Delhi High Court in January last following a petition. The three PEs copies of which are with this paper show that eight officers-seven Army officers and an IAF Wing Commander-have been given four post-retirement employments by the DGR. This is in complete violation of the DGR rules that allow one employment to “unemployed” individuals.
Take for instance, an officer, a retired Wing Commander, was provided facilities by the DGR to operate four companies-a security agency, a coal loading firm, a Union government counsel with the Zilla Sainik board and a toll management plaza. “It is alleged that the DGR registered officers for various second careers based on false affidavits, fake documents and so on..In some cases, civilians based on fake documents were registered for various second careers through DGR in active connivance with DGR officials,” the PE says. Similarly, under scanner are 26 officers involving the seniormost of the lot an Air Commodore, for dual employment on basis of “fake documents”.
In yet another case, 71 cases of jawans, with two individuals having same service numbers are being provided employment by the DGR.
The rule book has been blatantly violated by the DGR officials, according to the PE. What is also under the scanner are service tax evasion cases pertaining to 45 security service agencies across Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, West Bengal besides others-allotted to retired Army/ IAF personnel, that run into crores of Rupees besides provident funds to the tune of Rs 1.5 crore by 11 such firms.
“The aforesaid acts of omission and commission of ex-servicemen constitute gross misconduct on their part which have resulted in undue pecuniary benefit to firms and persons mentioned in list of accused and corresponding loss to the exchequer. A preliminary enquiry is therefore registered against the firms and persons..and unknown officers,” the PE says. A questionnaire to the defence ministry has not been replied to.
Source:: Indian Express