August 13, 2016 4:25:00 am
IN THE news for misusing public money on doing up his official accommodation, former CEO of CHB S B Deepak Kumar on Friday got support from Finance Secretary Sarvjit Singh who made a plea to the board to “forget the issue” and move on, sources in CHB said.
The matter came up during the CHB’s meeting that was attended by Finance Secretary Singh and Deputy Commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi.
Sources said that when the issue of recovery of money spent by Kumar came up for discussion in the meeting, Singh said that Kumar had only spent the money on the official accommodation and had not taken anything with him.
“He [Sarvjit Singh] said that that the officer [SB Deepak Kumar] had already faced a lot of insult and we should let go of it now,” Prem Kaushik, a board member who was present in the meeting, told Chandigarh Newsline.
However, the other members of the board insisted that since it was CHB’s money that was spent on Kumar’s official residence, it should be recovered. “Since it is the board money that was spent on the house, we are planning to write to the Chandigarh Administration so that they ask the engineering wing to try and recover as much amount as they can,” Kaushik said.
Despite repeated attempts, Singh did not respond to the queries sent to him via SMS.
Kumar had got Rs 23 lakh from CHB’s funds spent on purchasing furniture and other items at his official residence in Sector 16. However, after CHB objected to it, he returned the furniture and other items worth Rs 12 lakh.
As for the items that Kumar returned, CHB has now decided that they may auction the returned items to recover the money spent. Kumar returned an LED (49 inch) costing Rs 1.45 lakh, a king-size double bed worth Rs 92,000, a mattress worth Rs 35,000, a Rs 16,500 microwave and Masai Arm chairs table set, Williams side tables, Lyon end tables, and Balinae patio swing, costing Rs 72,000.
Interestingly, while in the same meeting, CHB decided to start three open-air gyms in Manimajra, Sector 38 (west) and Sector 45, the agenda pertaining to installation of firefighting equipment in Maloya slum rehabilitation colony did not come up for discussion. The UT Finance Department had refused to install firefighting equipment in the upcoming slum rehabilitation colony at Maloya.
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