March 2020 News

JKPCC Scam: Crime Branch Carries Raids In Several Parts In Kashmir

6 March 2020
Kashmir News Service

Srinagar: Crime Branch of Police on Friday carried raids at several locations in Ganderbal, Shopian and Kupwara districts in connection with major scams in that were unearthed in JKPCC last year. According to Kashmir News Service (KNS), the Jammu and Kashmir administration had last year handed over the investigation to the Crime Branch of the J&K Police, which registered an FIR and started high level probe. An official of CB while divulging details of raids said, 'Raids are presently going on at several places including Ganderbal, Kupwara and Shopian districts' and adding 'Sleuths of CB are verifying documents at raided places'. It is pertinent to mention that during Governors rule last year, the case was handed over to CBI with an aim to unearth further details. It was a major step towards 'eradication of corruption in the JKPCC, stopping and curbing backdoor appointments and bringing a culture of transparency in the department', a CB official told KNS. The probe was ordered amid numerous complaints about the functioning of JKPCC, particularly relating to corruption in civil contracts, illegality in appointments at multiple levels and excessive cost and time overruns. The probe followed the appointed of a fact-finding committee by the government to look into all these allegations. The committee, as per the government, looked into the manner of awarding contracts to contractors often on a nomination basis without following transparent tendering procedures, diverting funds from one project to another leading to a large number of incomplete projects and embezzlement of funds. Apart from these, the committee also looked into irregularities in appointments at various levels, including that of the Managing Director, inefficiency in functioning and huge time and cost overruns in project implementation, reasons for estimates for construction being much higher than those of the PWD. It had submitted a voluminous report bringing out in detail large irregularities in the operation of the JKPCC and recommended on improving the corporation, a government spokesman had said at the time of announcing the Crime Branch probe. It is pertinent to mention that Dilip Thusoo, was promoted as Managing Director (MD) JKPCC by the government in 2008 and year later, he was attached to GAD by Omar Abdullah regime for allegedly providing wrong information to the Chief Minister. A few months later Thusoo was again reinstated and appointed as MD J&K Housing Board. He was later given charge of Secretary Sports Council. Subsequently, the then PDP-BJP coalition government again reinstated Thusoo as MD JKPCC.