Allegation of massive misappropriation by MP Housing Board and Allahabad Bank officers; Complaint lodged with CBI

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The system being used by the MP Housing Board for its clients and customers to deposit money into the account of the Estate Officer in Allahabad Bank against deposit slips titled as challan is against all rules and smacks of a huge scam. The complaint relates to what is available as evidence in the state capital. What needs to be investigated is the state of affairs across all the cities of Madhya Pradesh before and after partition of the State and creation of separate Chattisgarh State in the year 2000. – Vijay Kumar Tiwari, complainant

Bhopal: A Bhopal resident this Independence Day (15 August 2018) has lodged a complaint with the CBI alleging irregularities and massive misappropriation by officers of Allahabad Bank in league with the officials of Madhya Pradesh Housing and Infrastructure Development Board.

The complainant Vijay Kumar Tiwari has brought to the notice of CBI that the Arera Colony Branch of Allahabad Bank, functioning from the office apartment of the Sampatti Adhikari (Estate Officer) No. 6 of MP Housing Board, has titled its Deposit-slip as a challan. This, according to him, is in gross violation of the Civil Procedure Code as Government challan is an authorised document of the State Bank of India under Treasury Rule 69, which includes columns certifying the Payment, Acknowledgement Receipt with the seal of the receiver.

Bank Challan is a deposit voucher for a specific purpose like Fee payment, tax deposit etc. This is different from regular deposit slip

It has been pointed out in the complaint that Allahabad Bank‘s Deposit-slip is not a challan but a counterfoil in respect of cash or cheques deposit and does not acknowledge Receipt by the payee. In the case of a challan, payment received is invariably recorded in cash register and is duly audited whereas deposits are a case of money transaction.

From the transaction procedure followed between the Estate Officer of MP Housing Board and Allahabad Bank, the complainant has said that it is not clear whether or not the Housing Board has regulated the HOUSING BOARD FUND in accordance with Section 60 (1-5) of the MP Housing Board Act 1972. Only an investigation into this matter will reveal if the State Government had directed the waiver of sub-Section 4 and 5 of Section 60 and authorised Allahabad Bank to receive payment deposits titled as Challan without acknowledging receipt. If this was not the case, then question arises, where the deposited sum, may be running into billions of rupees as millions of citizens would have made payments through these unregulated counterfoils titled as Challan, during more than four decades of the Housing Board’s existence, has been transferred as the State Bank does by transferring payment received to the Government Treasury.

The complainant has pointedly asked in case, the Estate Officer has been assigned the extra-duty of operating Accounts of the Board, then in which Bank the Board has opened the Account in the name of ‘The HOUSING BOARD FUND’, operated by the Estate Officer?

Allahabad Bank declaring the counterfoil as Challan raises the issue of misappropriation by both the Bank Officers in league with Housing Board Officers, the complainant has alleged.

When contacted, Vijay Kumar Tiwari, the complainant, said that the system being used by MP Housing Board for its clients and customers to deposit money into the account of the Estate Officer in Allahabad Bank against deposit slips titled as Challan is against all rules and smacks of a huge scam. He told Newsroom24x7 that the operative portion of his complaint relates to Bhopal and what needs to be investigated is the state of affairs as it has prevailed across cities in Madhya Pradesh before and after partition of the State and creation of separate Chattisgarh State in the year 2000. Tiwari also wants to know why the Accounts Officer of Housing Board was not operating the concerned account and also whether all procedures, under the rules, had been followed to authorise the Estate Officer to operate the Housing Board account with Allahabad Bank. He also wants to know whether the Housing Board account in the name of the Estate Officer has been audited regularly?

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