Large-scale corruption in Bevco; Audit report goes ‘missing’


R Ananthakrishnan/Mathrubhumi News

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Thiruvananthapuram: Large-scale corruption has been reported in Beverages Corporation. It is alleged that new liquor bottles were shifted to the list of expired stock and provided to bars. However, the audit report mentioning these irregularities has been allegedly hidden.

It was on October 31, 2019 a sudden raid was conducted at the Balaramapuram warehouse by beverages district audit team in Nedumangad. Huge corruption was found in the raid. Less-expensive liquor was shifted to the expired stock of Pappanamcode outlet which was closed down 9 years back. And then 144 cases of this liquor was allotted from dead stock to various bars in two phases. It was also found that excess cases were approved that the purchase intent of the bars.

The audit team had evaluated it as a means to supply liquor brands which are in high demand, to bars illegally. The audit report had termed the irregularity at the Balaramapuram warehouse as a serious matter.

The report was then send to audit section at the head office. However, no action was taken on it. Also, no action was taken against any of the employees including warehouse manager involved in the corruption.

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