JAMMU: Crime Branch (CB) Jammu produced charge-sheet against Nikhil Gandral, Cashier PHE, City Division No. 1 Jammu in case pertaining to misappropriation and embezzlement of Rs. 1.64 crore from the revenue collected as water charges before the Special Judge Anti-Corruption Court here on Monday.
The CB Jammu produced the charge-sheet within 60 days of the arrest of accused while he is still under judicial custody and lodged in District Jail Ambphalla Jammu.
The case owes its origin to a written complaint lodged by PHE, City Division No. 1, Jammu against Nikhil Gandral, son of late Ravinder Kumar Gandral, resident of H. No. 24/7 Greater Kailash, Jammu, while he was posted as a cashier in the office of Executive Engineer, PHE, City division No. 1 Jammu. He committed the misappropriation of Government revenue with malicious intent and consequently managed to swindle Rs. 1.64 crore out of the more than Rs. 2.2 crore water tax revenue of the Division collected during-2019.
Taking cognizance of the matter, Crime Branch Jammu registered a Criminal case FIR No. 02/2020 under Sections 409, 411, 414, 420, 477-A and 34 IPC, read with Section 13(2) Prevention of Corruption Act and investigation was taken up. During the investigation, documentary, oral and circumstantial evidences were collected and it was established that accused has committed criminal breach of trust by misappropriating the government money which was entrusted to accused cashier in his capacity as a public servant. The revenue collected by Sub Divisional staff was deposited in the Division Headquarter with accused cashier for its further remittance into the Treasury.
The charge-sheet was produced against Nikhil Gandral after sanction of his prosecution was accorded by the government. Besides, the role of accused Inderpal Singh, son of Tarlochan Singh, resident of 61/2 Nanak Nagar Jammu and involvement of other officers/officials of PHE Department is under investigation. The name of accused Inderpal Singh has surfaced in the case as conduit for laundering of the embezzled money. Accused Nikhil Gandral was arrested and sent to judicial custody after 15 days in police custody. He has been suspended from Government service.