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Probe graft charges over repairs to Vasai police quarters: Bombay high court – Times of India

MUMBAI: An inquiry has been initiated by the state government into alleged misappropriation of funds worth Rs 1.5 crore by the public works department (PWD) in the name of repairs and renovation of the British-era police staff quarters in Vasai. The Bombay high court had recently directed the state to conduct a probe against the concerned officers.
The action comes after a social activist, Nadim Kadri, filed a PIL in the HC alleging that between 2008 and 2014, the Vasai PWD had on record spent Rs1.5 crore on repairing the dilapidated homes housing police staffers of the Palghar district. While the money was claimed to have been spent on repairing roofs, doors and windows, no work was carried out in the 60-odd houses there. The state informed the court of Justices Ranjit More and Surendra Tavade on February 17 that an inquiry under Section 17 (A) of the Prevention of Corruption Act had been initiated against the concerned officers.
Residents had brought the alleged misappropriation to the notice of the district collector and CM in March 2016. Three months later, a letter was sent to the state director general of police by residents who claimed they were living in pathetic conditions. The residents alleged their homes were unfit for dwelling. On January 22, 2018, the additional superintendent of police, Vasai, had submitted a report to the Thane Anti-Corruption Bureau and sought filing of a criminal offence under the Anti-Corruption Act. With no action taken, the PIL was filed in October 2018. The staff quarters, located opposite Vasai fort, house constables and families that find it difficult to buy or rent houses.