Treasury fraud: Sr accountant Bijulal terminated from service
Thiruvananthapuram: A senior accountant of the sub-treasury here, MR Bijulal, was terminated from service for allegedly withdrawing around Rs 2 crore recently from the District Collector's account, illegally. It is learned that the finance department summarily dismissed him without issuing any notice.
Also, all other officials except the one who reported the fraud were transferred from Vanchiyoor sub-treasury.
The action was taken after a review meeting summoned by finance minister Thomas Isaac. The finance department informed that the procedures related to the termination will be completed within 5 days.
It was found that Bijulal had illegally withdrawn the money from the Collector's account and deposited it in his personal account and also of his wife. The finance department, the other day, had suspended him pending an enquiry.
The department said the treasury lost at least Rs 61.23 lakh and that the balance amount was still in his account. It said the treasury bank accounts of Bijulal and his wife had been frozen.
Police on Saturday had registered a case against the couple for forgery and cheating.
The incident came to light when the sub-treasury officer found irregularities in the account in the name of the Collector, who in turn alerted the treasury director.
The department said the fraud was committed using the ID and password of an employee who retired in May, prompting an enquiry on why it was still active after his years in service.
Meanwhile, District Collector Navjot Khosa said in a statement that there was 'misuse' of government funds and sought urgent measures to plug loopholes in the system to prevent recurrence of such incidents.
(With added inputs from PTI)