Patiala: Much talked meter reversal scam that rocked Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) took a new turn as it turned out that miscreants were into illegal activity from 2014. Loss estimated at Rs 35 lakh may now go into crores.
Erring Revenue Assistant, Vipin Kumar, who was then posted in Model Town Division of PSPCL, managed to run the show and was promoted as Superintendent in Audit wing.
Highly placed sources in PSPCL on the condition of anonymity told that in 2014 Er Balbir Singh Sidhu came to know about illegal activities of Vipin Kumar. Sidhu reported higher authorities but somehow Vipan Kumar used his influence to get the case halted. However as metering reversal scam cropped up, a file mentioning Vipan Kumar blew the lid.
It was found during investigation that Vipin Kumar used his personal ID (though he was not entitled to do so) and conducted meter reversals thus causing financial loss to PSPCL. During investigation over two hundred cases of meter reversal have been detected.
Investigation team headed by Er Bhupinder Sharma has asked higher authorities for registration of FIR against Vipin Kumar (Superintendent-Audit Wing).
Sources added that present meter reversal scam could have been checked if strict action against Vipin Kumar would have been taken in initial stages.
Er Bhupinder Sharma said that it is the internal matter of department and cases cannot be discussed in person and everything is in the knowledge of higher authorities.
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