THOUBAL: The Chairperson of Manipur Lokayukta has directed its inquiry wing to conduct a preliminary inquiry into allegations of misappropriations of funds by the Thoubal Municipal Council.
According to information received by The Morning Bell, it was said that the order had been directed following a complaint made by W. Jotinkumar who is the secretary general of Thoubal Municipal Council Ward Members Welfare Association regarding the misappropriation of public money in contravention of the law.
The source further added that he had lodged a written complaint alleging that the acting chairperson of Thoubal Municipal Council under a conspiracy with the 18 councillors and the then Executive Officer had encashed and misappropriated a huge amount amounting to Rs 1,01,19,961 through the bank account of the Thoubal Municipal Council.
It was also alleged that the said amount was granted as second installment of General Basic Grand under 14th Finance Commission Award, 2017-18 under letter number 6/4/2015-DIR(MAHUD) dated 21st October,2019 of the MAHUD Department, Government of Manipur. He filed the complaint case number 3 of of 2020 before the Manipur Lokayukta on June 11 last, the source added.
Following the complaint, Chairperson of Manipur Lokayukta had directed the Inquiry Wing of Manipur Lokayukta to conduct a preliminary inquiry to find out as to whether a prima facie case for proceeding had been made out or not and further it was also directed that the inquiry report might be submitted within the period prescribed under the Manipur Lokayukta Act, 2014.
It may be mentioned here that for this case Th. Ibohal, Senior Counsel assisted by N.Nganba, advocate, have appeared for the complainant.