Service charge

Service charge scam highlighted in Sonepat MC case filed : The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Mukesh Tandon

Sonepat, February 10

A lakhs of rupees service charge scam has surfaced within the Municipal Corporation (MC), Sonepat, by a private contracted company colluding with MC officials. The Civil Lines Police filed a complaint against the owner of the private company, the heads of the health wing of Sonepat MC, the general manager of the MC and others under various sections of the IPC on the basis of the SP investigation report, Haryana Police Cybercrime.

Pvt Company “claimed” 15% instead of 2%

  • The MC had awarded a tender to Pooja Consulatations, a private company, for only two months for the supply of labor for the remediation works in July 2019 on the condition of a 2% service charge.
  • But, the company allegedly claimed 15% service charge instead of 2% from the MC in collusion with MC officials, a plaintiff alleged in his complaint to the Chief Minister of Haryana.

Reserved officials

The Civil Lines Police filed a complaint against the owner of the private company, the heads of the health wing of Sonepat MC, the general manager of the MC and others under various sections of the IPC on the basis of the SP investigation report, Haryana Police Cybercrime.

Appropriate measures will be taken

The case was brought to my attention by the media. No official information has been received. Appropriate action will be initiated after taking instructions from headquarters. Dharmender Singh, Commissioner, MC, Sonepat

The MC had awarded a tender to Pooja Consulatations, a private company, for only two months for the supply of labor for the remediation works in July 2019 on the condition of a 2% service charge. But, the company allegedly claimed 15% service charge instead of 2% from the MC in collusion with MC officials, a plaintiff alleged in his complaint to the Chief Minister of Haryana. Even, the company’s bidding has been improved by MC officials without any new bidding process.

The plaintiff also alleged that the company had been working with the MC since 2008 and that the number of employees had also been doubled by the company for withdrawing payment from the company to the MC.

When the service fee scam came to light in 2020, the private company immediately deposited Rs 22.25 lakh in the MC’s office without notice or direction from the MC, the complainant said.

Even the investigation was conducted by the MC officials, but it was closed after giving a clear report to the company as well as the MC employees involved in the matter. Afterwards, the complainant lodged a complaint with the Chief Minister about this. Following the complaint, the Superintendent of Police (SP), (Cyber ​​Crime), Haryana Police conducted a special investigation into the matter.

According to the investigation report, the crime branch found that there was embezzlement of public funds by Pooja Consulations in the employees’ bills and also found connivance of the sanitary wing of Sonepat MC with Rajkumar, owner of the Pooja Consultation company, in the invoices. between January and March 2020.

ADGP (Crime) sent a letter to Sonepat SP recommending the registration of a complaint against MC’s General Manager, Rajkumar, owner of the company, and employees of the sanitary wing of the MC.

Inspector Savit Kumar, SHO, Civil Lines, said a case had been filed against Rajkumar, owner of Pooja Consulations company, MC sanitary wing employees and the general manager of Sonepat MC under Articles 409, 419, 420,467, 468, 201, 202, 175, 193 and 120 B of the CPI on the recommendations of the ADGP (Crime) on Wednesday. An investigation will be opened into the case after collecting the appropriate records related to the case, the SHO maintained.

“The case was brought to my attention by the media today. No official information has been received from the police so far,” said Dharmender Singh, Commissioner, MC, Sonepat. Appropriate measures will be taken after taking instructions from headquarters, he added.