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Friday, 21 August 2020

Suspended official issues challans

Mukesh Tandon

Tribune News Service

Panipat, August 20

A transport inspector, who was suspended on July 14, reportedly continued to report to duty and even issued challans before going incommunicado.

Sources say that as per the suspension order, transport inspector Jagmohan Sharma was to report to duty at the headquarters in Chandigarh. But he reportedly defied the order and kept marking his presence at the office of the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) here for 15 days.

During this period (from July 14 to 28), he reportedly issued 53 challans using the ID cards of the RTA-cum-Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) and the Assistant Secretary, source say.

Sharma was suspended on the complaint of a transporter from Kohand in Karnal district. “Sharma did not have the power to issue tickets. He misused the ID cards of the RTA-cum-ADC and the Assistant Secretary, RTA, to issue challans,” an official on the condition of anonymity said.

Amit Rathi, a local social activist, suspected the role of senior officers, under whose patronage Sharma continued to report to duty during the suspension period. The traffic inspector is untraceable. When contacted, Manoj Yadav, RTA-cum-ADC, said: “The matter is not in my knowledge. I will get it checked. If any negligence is found, action will be taken.”



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