Jammu, September 8: Dark clouds of suspicion are hovering above the Deputy Commissioner’s office here as the Vigilance Organisation Jammu has alleged non-cooperation by the Deputy Commissioner’s office which failed to produce records for around three dozen corruption cases.
This information came in as the Crime Branch Jammu filed in a fresh status report in the State High Court highlighting indifferent and non-cooperative attitude of revenue officers in providing the relevant records despite repeated requests.The cases are associated with Roshni scheme and other revenue-related scams. Some of the cases have been lingering for six years.
All of this has gained head as despite a court order, the Deputy Commissioner’s office is not cooperating with the Vigilance Organisation.
A team of 15 Vigilance officers including Deputy Superintendents of police and Inquiry officers visited the DC office to extract record having evidence value in investigations.
However, before the team reached the DC’s Office, the DC, Jammu ADC, Tehsildar and other officials concerned had reportedly left.
The Vigilance team, irked at the situation managed to find another ADC, Riffat Kohli, and apprised her of the issue and gravity of the situation. However, she could not come of any help and the team had to return empty handed.
According to a report in The Tribune, the Jammu DC has issued a circular not to provide any kind of information to Vigilance and crime department teams without prior approval.
According to the same report, SSP Vigilance, Jammu had intimated DC Jammu about the visit in advance as per court directions.
A due request had been made to the Deputy Commissioner by the SSP to keep officials concerned ready with requisite record.
The Deputy Commissioner confirming knowledge about the vigilance team’s visit, however, clarified that the requested members had left as there were prior commitments. He also said that the vigilance team need the record of between 30 and 40 cases and that a time period of 10 days has been requested to collect the records, which will be provided to the Vigilance Organisation.