ACB Files Cases Against 5 Forest Department Officials for Malpractices in Water Scheme

The Anti-Corruption Bureau has registered two separate cases against five Forest Department employees in relation to the alleged irregularities in the work of the Jalyukta Shivar water conservancy scheme in Karjat Tehsil in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra state, anti-corruption bureau officials said on Monday. The police arrested three of the five accused.

Galleukta Shivar was the main program implemented by the previous Devendra Fadnavis government (2014-19) to make the villages drought-free.

According to ACB officials, the work was carried out to dig deep trenches in Chande Khurd area between February 27, 2016 and March 31, 2016, and the said work was carried out by the accused forestry officials – Ramesh Golikar (now retired), then – Assistant Forest Ranger Shankarrao Patil, Range Officer Forests Pallavi Jagtap and Balbheem Gangarde, a retired forest ranger.

An official at the Anti-Corruption Bureau said, “The defendants showed the names of 12 workers in the cash book even though they were not working and showed payment of Rs 4,454 each by taking false signatures and committing corruption of Rs 58,248.” He added that out of the four, two of the accused, Gangard and Patel, have been arrested and are now in police custody.

The official in the second case said that three defendants – Patel, Golikar and Shekhar Patul – had been booked for alleged wrongdoing amounting to over Rs 9,000 in the business of Jaleukta Shivar in Kumbali village under Kargart Tehsil in western Maharashtra province. He added that Golikar is a common suspect in both cases while Patul was arrested in the second case.

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