Procedure stopped following scam – DC office to scrutinise three years records
Chandigarh: The procedure of renewal of the arms licences at the Deputy Commissioner office has been withheld till further orders. The decision was taken following the alleged scam unearthed of embezzling lakhs of rupees of fee by an employee.
The decision to withhold the acceptance of fresh applications for the renewal and new licences was taken on Monday as the enquiry into the scam is pending. The applicants arriving at the fee counter are being returned and asked to come after one week.
Tek Singh, one of the applicants, said, “We have nearly exhausted the grace period after the expiry date and now we are told to come after one week. The problem lies with the department, then why applicants are made to suffer.”
Arms licence fee embezzlement scam had rocked the DC office on Friday as the irregularity was detected of siphoning off the licence fee deposited by the applicants by an employee. The embezzlement to the tune of lakhs of rupees had been detected, said Deputy Commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi.
The employee, posted at the fee collection window, has been placed under temporary suspension and the allegations have been proved during the preliminary enquiry. The employee also confessed to the crime forth the preliminary enquiry committee.
The enquiry committee, consisting of Finance Department officers under supervison of DC Ajit Balaji Joshi, will scrutinise the records of three years to ascertain the root of the embezzlement.
The matter was highlighted when a highly placed bureaucrat applied for the renewal of the arms licence through his messenger who was not given the fee deposit receipt. He made a complaint to the higher authorities after which the action was taken.
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