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LG grants permission for CBI investigation against two officials of GNCTD in alleged corruption case

New Delhi [India]: Delhi LG VK Saxena has granted permission for a CBI investigation against two officials of the Department of Forests and Wildlife, GNCTD in a corruption case involving Rs 223 crores, an official statement said.
In another case, the LG gave the go-ahead to the Anti-Corruption Branch, GNCTD to investigate two senior nurses of the Delhi Government-run hospital in the bribery case involving Rs 60,000.
According to the statement, in both cases Saxena has approved the proposals for investigation under Section 17A of the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act, 2018, observing that he is of the considered view that it is in the interest of justice to investigate and conduct enquiry against the accused persons.
CBI has registered a case against the then Forest Department officials, Parasnath Yadav, and Alam Singh Rawat, who were Senior Account Officers and Assistant Account officers respectively for entering into a criminal conspiracy with LA Khan, the then-senior Branch Manager of Bank of Baroda, Pharganj Branch, New Delhi and others to transfer Rs 223 crores illegally and unauthorizedly from the 'SUNDRY' account to the fake saving accounts in the name of DUSIB (Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board) at the same branch based on a forged letter purportedly issued by Department of Forests and Wildlife, GNCTD.
Yadav, who is a Group 'A' officer is presently posted as Pay and Accounts Officer in the Principal Accounts Office, GNCTD and his file seeking permission under Section 17A of the Prevention of Corruption Act for CBI investigation was submitted to the LG by the Directorate of Vigilance through NCCSA (National Capital Civil Services Authority).
Rawat is presently posted as an Accounts Officer at Bhagwan Mahavir Hospital, Pitampura.
The Directorate of Vigilance stated that the CBI vide letter July 12, 2023, submitted that the investigation conducted so far prima facie brought forth the role of two officials in the case of financial irregularities pertaining to the Forest and Wildlife Department of GNCTD.
In the bribery case against two women health department officials, Chanchal Rani Pisalla and Rajnesh Verma, who were then posted at the G.B Pant Hospital as Deputy Nursing Superintendent and Nursing officer respectively, the ACB, GNCTD alleged that they demanded Rs 60,000 each from two nursing officers for allowing them 'light duty'.
One of the nursing officers also alleged that both the accused had already taken Rs 42,000 for exemption of duty from the COVID-19 desk.
At present Pisalla is posted at Guru Nanak Eye Centre while Verma has been posted at Aruna Asaf Ali Hospital. (ANI)

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