Aizawl: Mizoram Lokayukta, a newly established anti-corruption ombudsman, has instructed the state’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB ) to probe an official for allegedly hoarding public money in his private bank account, an official said on Sunday.
In an order issued on Saturday, the anti-corruption ombudsman chairman C Lalsawta instructed the ACB to launch preliminary inquiry against civil aviation wing principal consultant J Lalhmingliana for allegedly stashing away public money of over Rs 1 crore in his bank account, the official said.
The ACB was asked to initiate preliminary probe as per section 19(1) of Mizoram Lokayukta Act, 2104 and submit its report at the earliest.
The order was issued following a complaint filed by Mizoram Pradesh Youth Congress Committee (MYC).
On April 26, the Congress youth wing had submitted separate complaint to chief minister Zoramthanga and the Lokayukta chairman asking the duo to probe into the alleged hoarding.
The youth Congress had alleged that Lalhmingliana had deposited over Rs 16.72 lakh meant for chartering helicopter and Rs 39.7 lakh belonging to one consultancy firm to his personal account on April 9. He again deposited Rs 45.35 lakh on April 10, it added.
It said that the news about Lalhmingliana hoarding public money came to light when he used his own bank cheque to deposit Rs 1.2 lakh, given by a Congress legislature for hiring helicopter, to his ICICI bank account.
The youth wing said that while Rs 16.72 lakh has to be handed over to Pawan Hans for hiring helicopter, the rest Rs 85 lakh was said to be handed over to a consultancy firm once works are completed.
“Even though works are yet to be completed, the money should be in the account of civil aviation wing under general administration department and not in private account,” the youth Congress said.
The Lokayukta was established in March based on ‘The Mizoram Lokayukta Act’ passed by the state legislature in 2014.
C Lalsawta, a retired civil servant, was sworn in as the first chairman of Mizoram Lokayukta on March 11.