New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation has filed a complaint against a former associate professor and other officials of the National Institute for Rural Development (NIRD) for allegedly embezzling funds to the tune of Rs 1.56 crore intended for the purpose of ‘impression.
The agency booked Rajnikant Gundabolu, former associate professor, Dr Kondaveeti Papamma, former editor-in-chief, GVS Sridhar Goud, former accountant, private business owners – Balaji Scans, Vaishnavi Laser Graphics and others including government officials in connection with the case.
The CBI alleged that the accused NIRD officials and others “committed serious irregularities in the printing press and falsely justified invoices and quotes.”
They further alleged that “no inventory accounts had been carried out and no certification had been made as to the quantity” and that “the offers had not been called and market rates had also not been made. most were obtained by requesting quotes ”.
The agency said the print jobs were ordered on the basis of verbal instructions, resulting in a loss of approximately Rs 1.56 crore to the treasury due to overpayments exceeding contract printing rates. .
It should be noted that the National Institute for Rural Development (NIRD) is an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Rural Development and regularly undertakes a lot of printing related to training material.
The CBI carried out searches of the offices and living quarters of the accused in various places which led to the “recovery of certain documents against him”.
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