Shunted cop wrote twice to govt before arresting Malda DM

Despite West Bengal Chief Secretary's claim that the Commissioner of Siliguri K Jayaraman exceeded his brief when he arrested Malda District Magistrate G Kiran Kumar in a corruption case and did not keep the government in the loop, an inquiry into the scam reveals facts to the contrary.

Top home department officials confirmed Wednesday that IPS officer Jayaraman had written two letters — first on October 30 and the other on July, 2013 — to the government, giving detailed information about the IAS officer's alleged involvement in the multi-crore scam and seeking sanction for action.

Sources also revealed the contents of the letters to The Indian Express in which K Jayaraman had detailed the charges against the DM along with the "clinching" evidence available with the investigators.

The October 30 letter was a repetition of the July letter and a desperate call for action as the investigation was hampered and benefited other accomplices because of absence of action against the DM in siphoning off government money to the tune of over Rs 125 crore.

The home department chose to sit on both the letters.

The investigators could recover about Rs 30 crore that were siphoned off after having frozen 20 bank accounts including the accounts of the contractors and the government engineers involved in the scam.

The last letter written by Jayaraman included at least 15 questions which were put before the DM that he had refused to answer.

But in a case that turned out to be a battle of hierarchy between the IAS and IPS, the Chief Secretary defended the DM and in an unfortunate sequel to his action Jayaraman has now been put on "compulsory waiting" — which, in government parlance, stands for punishment.

The letters mentioned how work on various schemes remained executed only on paper and work orders were issued. Physical verification proved gross violations in the norms of the projects and how tender secrets were leaked out. "While examining the projects documents, we did not find any specification sheet of the projects and DPR was missing. Moreover, the online tenders were not opened. All these issues were explained in the letters," said a senior police official who is investigating the case.

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