COIMBATORE: DIG of Prisons, Coimbatore Range, P Govindarajan was on Saturday suspended for alleged financial irregularities just two days ahead of his retirement on June 30.
Since last week, rumours were rife that Govindarajan was in the line of fire over financial irregularities, which had been found during an audit conducted a week back.
Moreover, he was already in murky waters over a CB-CID report, leaked in 2012, naming him and a few other prison officials for conniving with inmates and a vegetable vendor to cause monetary losses to the government.
Though the CB-CID had then recommended action against Govindarajan and 11 others, no action was taken.
Though officials were unwilling to disclose the actual allegations against Govindarajan, they told Express that losses amounting to `1.5 lakh were unearthed during an internal audit.
Meanwhile, speaking to Express, Govindarajan, flatly denied the charges against him and said he was a victim of “internal politics”.
“I will be requested to make a representation before the authorities concerned. I hope that during the impartial inquiry, I would be cleared of any wrongdoing and the truth will come out,” he said.
Meanwhile, ADGP Prisons J K Tripathy said, “A departmental inquiry has been initiated to probe the charges. Govindarajan has been suspended and action would be taken against him if the allegations are proved.”