The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, July 29
Two officials of the Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board (PHTPB) have been booked for embezzlement of funds to the tune of Rs90 lakh. The misappropriated amount is expected to be higher as the board officials have checked just one account so far.
The accused have been identified as Rajni Pandey, the former senior accountant of PHTPB and SP Singh Dhindsa, who was working as a project coordinator-cum-manager, finance and account.
Punjab tourism and cultural affairs’ department director Kanwalpreet Brar, who is the complainant in the case, said Pandey had been working as a senior accountant in PHTPB since April 2009 while Dhindsa was the project coordinator-cum-manager of finance and accounts.
On March 23, 2021, Pandey tendered her resignation and left without settling her accounts or handing over the records.
Later during scrutiny, some discrepancies were found in the board’s account in SBI bank.
The account showed cash withdrawals of Rs50,000 and Rs90,000 made by Pandey but the same were not accounted for or entered in the cash book. With regards to Rs50,000, a cheque was shown as cancelled in the cheque register but the account showed that it had been encashed by Pandey. For the amount of Rs90,000, Pandey had, in a reply on March 15, denied embezzlement and claimed that it was an inadvertent mistake on her part and sought pardon.