20 employees of Hubli Electricity Supply Company Limited (Hescom) have been suspended and seven others have been transferred for involvement in Rs 86 crore corruption cases.
All the suspended are from the Athani division, which includes five assistant executive engineers, for the alleged irregularities committed to implementing Ganga Kalyan and drinking water and flood relief.
A complaint was filed in August 2021 in this regard. As per the complaint, funds of complex construction, Ganga Kalyana, water supply, OTM, Prime Minister’s Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana and many schemes were not implemented in the division, but bills were cleared and money has been looted.
A special team was made to investigate the matter by Hescom managing director Bharathi D launched which consisted of chief accountants, auditors, engineers and other top officials.
During the inspection, it has been found that Rs 86 crore has been billed for not completed and not taken works.
Rs 29 crore was billed for works that were not taken and Rs 57 crore was billed for half-completed works, double works and other types of illegalities done by the suspended staff.
Suspended officers are: S H Bahuroopi (AEE-Chikkodi sub-division); R H Kallari (AEE-Aigali sub-division); Geetha G Kadlaskar (AEE-Ugara sub-division); G V Sampannavar (AEE-Vijayapura) V G Nayak (AEE-Belagavi Rural sub-division-1); B M Patil (Accounts officer-Athani); Y S Kelagade (Asst accounts officer-Athani); V A Gani, S B Bullagouda, D K Kambale and R C Rathod (all assistant engineers); S A Parthanahalli, N B Nemannavar, B S Sheelvantar, S B Mahishawadagi and G S Kolkar (all junior engineers); M K Kulkarni (senior assistant)C K Hiremath (operator) and K S Thakkannavar (meter reader) as per the report published in Deccan Herald.