Large-scale irregularities were unearthed in a surprise raids conducted by the the Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau on offices of the Motor Transport Wing of Police.
In the state-wide raid, it has been found that many officials had committed the fraud by claiming more money by adding more kilo meters in the register than what actually displayed in the speedometer of the vehicle.
Shankar Reddy, Additional DGP, Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau, told ‘Express’ that the raid code named as ‘log book’ had unearthed serious lapses on the part of the officials who were meant to monitor the use of vehicles.
Large-scale irregularities were found in Idukki district where one vehicle had recorded 15,000 km more in the register compared to the actual distance travelled. Two other vehicles had shown a difference of 3,740 km and 1,300 km respectively.
At the AR Camp, Adoor, there were differences in the kilo meter distance ranging from 3,000 to 6,000 kms.
All the AR camps in the state have transport wing, but none of the officials, who are meant to monitor this, have made any efforts to check the fraud, he said.
It has been found out in the raids that the officials concerned have not conducted the mileage checks. Eye testing of drivers was also not conducted.
Many drivers had produced bogus petrol bills to claim more money. Fraud has been detected in Kannur and Thiruvananthapuram districts also. However, no action has been initiated against any erring officials till now.