The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), facing an acute financial crunch, has been jolted by a metering reversal scam running into over Rs 30 lakh. A high-level probe has found the involvement of eight employees including an SDO against whom the panel has received evidence as well.Highly placed sources in the PSPCL on the condition of anonymity said on late Sunday evening that the four-member probe panel constituted by PSPCL has submitted its report to the management for further action. These sources also confided that it is just the beginning and apprehension are there it will spread all over the state. During the checking, it may go up to crores and it will be clear only after a thorough probe at every level.
Meanwhile, the Chairman-cum-Managing Director (CMD) of the PSPCL, K D Choudhary has described it as an Information Technology (IT) Scam and said that strict action will be taken against those found guilty. It is learnt that the probe panels’ report submitted to the management contains strict action recommendations against the guilty like registration of police case and eight employees were involved in this scam including an SDO level official.
The scam hit the North Sub-Division of PSPCL most as during the preliminary probe 34 cases of metering reversal were found in the West Sub-Division the number detected were three and in the Fort Sub-Division, it was two. Sources further said that the scam was detected on August 26 and on August 29 a four-member panel was constituted to probe the matter. The probe panel submitted its report to the Superintending Engineer (SE-Patiala) with its recommendations and the SE with his comments submitted it to the Chairman-cum-Managing-Director (CMD) for further action.
It is learnt that the SE in the probe report in his comment recommended registration of a police case against those found involved and after a thorough probe from the PSPCL’s own Vigilance Department to fully unearth. When contacted SE, Bhupinder Sharma in this connection he said that the probe report has been sent to the higher authorities for further action but was never discussed over the findings and the recommendations made in the report saying it is an internal matter. And everything will come out when PSPCL will take action over it.
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