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Bihar to file another FIR against Goswami

Anand Mohan Sahay in Patna | June 30, 2005 11:22 IST

Bihar government will file another case in connection with misappropriation of funds against former Patna district magistrate Gautam Goswami.

Goswami surrendered before court in Patna on Thursday and was sent to judicial custody for 14 days in connection with the flood aid scam. He was declared absconder by the vigilance department after a non-bailable warrant of arrest was issued against him on May 31 in the case.

State chief secretary G S Kang said that the government had sought permission from Governor Buta Singh for lodging an FIR against Goswami in a day or two.

"We had sent a file to the governor for his consent and are waiting for his nod," Kang told on Thursday.

Goswami is allegedly involved in misappropriation of Rs 1.52 crore meant for Swarana Jayanti Swa Rojgar Yojna and National Slum Development Programme during his tenure as district magistrate of Patna.

Goswami's involvement in this case came to light during an inquiry by the urban development department, said officials.

The inquiry revealed that Rs 76 lakh meant each for SJSRY and NSDP was misappropriated between June and September 2004.

The inquiry report said the urban development had allotted Rs 69.63 lakh to the district urban development agency for distribution among 11 urban local bodies in the district. But the money was distributed to 17 non-governmental organisations for giving vocational training to people below poverty line.

Ironically, it was found that most of the NGOs granted money were non-existent.

Similarly, Rs 76 lakh meant for NSDP was given to 19 NGOs.

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