New Delhi: Alleging ‘illegalities and financial irregularity’, an Assam-based NGO has demanded a CBI probe against former NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela.
In its written complaint, Assam Public Works (APW), the NGO, alleged huge corruption ans accused Hajela of appointing retired government officials as his advisors at high salaries. There is no record of the nature of job done by the advisors and this expenditure has not been audited by the CAG, the NGO, which is also the original petitioners in the Assam NRC case filed in the Supreme Court said.
It also claimed irregularities in purchase of laptops and generators. It also asserted that the teachers recruited for preparing the NRC list have not received their remuneration but documents state that they have been paid a handsome amount of money.
Furthermore, the APW alleged that ten thousand laptops were purchased for updation of the NRC at the cost of Rs 44,500 each but it has been found that its market value is Rs 22,500 a piece.
The FIR, registered by APW member Rajib Deka said that it is a well-known fact that the former NRC coordinator did not allow the statutory audit of the NRC as he had committed huge financial irregularities and if inquired properly, the truth will come out. “The above instances clearly indicate that huge corruption has taken place in the NRC updation process with Hajela and his close aides playing an active role in it”, Deka claimed.
Under the circumstances, it is therefore, requested that an investigation may be carrief out to bring out the truth and doing the needful as per the law, the FIR read.
Earlier last month, the Supreme Court had ordered an immediate transfer of Hajela to Madhya Pradesh. The order was passed by a bench comprising then Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SA Bobde (Present CJI) and RF Nariman.
Hajela (48), is a 1995 batch IAS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre. He was the officer tasked with supervising the gigantic National Register of Citizens updation in Assam. The final NRC list was made public at 10 am on August 31 and 19,06,657 people were left out.