Kolkata, October 20: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) allegedly made the name of a whistleblower public in an FIR related to mismanagement of funds at Rifle Factory Ishapore in West Bengal. The scam amounting to Rs 30 crore was unearthed after the whistleblower pursued the case for more than two years.
A Times of India report stated that the FIR lodged by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) wing of CBI not only included the name of the whistleblower in the annexure but identified him too. The FIR was registered on a complaint by Gautam Mandal, chief vigilance officer of Ordnance Factories Board. Mandal was investigating the case before CBI took the matter.
The action by the central investigating agency breaches the norms of Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) which also oversees its activities. The commission has repeatedly emphasised on the need to protect the whistleblowers’ identity in various cases. However, the whistleblower in the case declined to comment on the development.
As per Mandal’s complaint, “A case of deliberate misutilisation and mismanagement of cash leading to cash defalcation of approximately Rs 1.7 crore by Madhusudan Mukherjee, the cashier, has been detected in the cash book of the Public Fund Account, RFI, during 2012-2016. Further cash to the tune of Rs 28.56 crore withdrawn from banks has not been entered in the cash book.”