Punjab

'Fake’ TA bills may cause trouble for Ex-DGP Aulakh

March 07, 2017 08:18 AM
Ex-ADGP (Punjab Prisons) MPS Aulakh (File pic)

Chandigarh: The Punjab Prisons Department has recommended that former DGP (Punjab) MPS Aulakh be charge-sheeted for alleged financial bungling to the tune of Rs 1.12 crore as chairman of the Jail Reforms Commission, the post he has held post-retirement. The commission, claim sources, has been “non-functional.”

Nevertheless, the commission drew salary for a clerk, a personal assistant, a driver and two peons.

Aulakh employed the staff for personal work/business at his residence-cum-tourist resort (Vasilla Resorts) at Nandiali village in Mohali, the report further states.

DGP (Jail Reforms) Sanjeev Gupta has recommended shelving the commission forthwith, calling it a sheer “waste of time.” ADGP (Prisons) Rohit Chaudhary, the drawing and disbursing officer, has stopped payment of bills.

The commission, set up on Novemeber 4, 2010, did not visit any jail in Punjab. It simply submitted a 13-page report in 2013 on jail functioning. It did not bother to visit the Nabha Jail after the escape of KLF chief Harminder Mintoo and five gangsters some months ago. Neither did it visit the Kapurthala and Faridkot jails that saw rioting earlier, a report by the ADGP points out. It says the commission chairman claimed a conveyance allowance of Rs 12.53 lakh though he did not visit a single jail.

The commission’s office in Chandigarh was closed two years ago. Aulakh claimed a conveyance allowance for 2,900 km every month (the maximum limit), whereas the distance from his residence to the office was 25 km. The report, fake TA bills attached, notes that for a to and fro travel for 22 working days in a month, the maximum distance covered would be 1,100 km. But the bills claimed had been for 2,900 km.

Also, no bill for expenses on stationery or telephone were submitted in the last two financial years. “It was because the office did not exist.” Nevertheless, the commission drew salary for a clerk, a personal assistant, a driver and two peons.

Aulakh employed the staff for personal work/business at his residence-cum-tourist resort (Vasilla Resorts) at Nandiali village in Mohali, the report further states. (From The Tribune)

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