Vrindavan, 2017.09.10. (VT): DM Arvind Malappa Bangari has turned over the investigation of the case of financial irregularities against Mukesh Gautam, the former chairman of the Vrindavan Municipality, to a three-member probe committee headed by ADM (judicial) Aditya Prakash.
Complaints were filed with the state ombudsman (Lokayukta) against Mr. Gautam by Vrindavan resident and social activist Madhu Mangal Shukla. The ombudsman in turn asked the DM to investigate the matter and give a report.
The former chairman is accused of scamming Rs 80 crore in his work done during his five-year tenure.
In Shri Shukla’s complaint letter, about 15 kinds of administrative and financial irregularity were mentioned including money skimmed off on pipeline for the drinking water supply in Vrindavan, the paving of roads with interlocking brick, staff deployment, road construction, and so forth.
Taking cognizance of these complaints, the Lokayukta ordered the DM to investigate. In the investigation team, instructions were given to include ADM, one Exectuve Officer (EO) and one other administration official. On the order of the Lokayukta, DM formed a three-member inquiry committee consisting of ADM (judicial) Aditya Prakash, EO Nandgaon, and the Chief Treasurer.
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