Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Meghalaya cop arrested for misappropriation hospitalised


Gabriel Iangrai, a senior Meghalaya police official, who was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly misappropriating government funds, has been hospitalised as he complained of illness, a police official said on Thursday.
Iangrai, the Commandant of SF-10, was taken to the Shillong Civil hospital last evening for check-up and thereafter admitted in the Under Trial Prisoner cell.
Hospital sources informed that Iangrai will be kept at the Civil Hospital for another few days as some tests were required to be carried out.
However, sources added that the arrested police officer was stable.
The Commandant was arrested for allegedly misappropriating funds earmarked for construction of National Emergency Response System (NERS) Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) facility at Sadar Police Station Complex here.
State Criminal Investigation Department has registered a case against the Meghalaya Police Service (MPS) officer under Prevention of Corruption Act besides various sections of the Indian Penal Code.
The embezzlement of public funds worth over Rs. 35 lakhs by Iangrai was unearthed during an inquiry conducted by a four-member team led by Deputy Inspector-General (Eastern Range) Davis Nestell R Marak to probe into the construction of the NERS- PSAP facility.
“He kept some of the fund into his personal custody and submitted a falsified utilisation certificate of the project to the government, a police official said
It was only after audit objections, Iangrai refunded an amount of over Rs 26 lakh back to the Official AIG (A) account on September 19, 2022, but the remaining balance amount of Rs 8,50,404 is still in the personal custody of langrai.
Iangrai is also accused in a vehicle procurement scam in which the police official bought 29 vehicles for the police department.
A former diplomat Riewad Vicharwant Warjri and another citizen have filed a PIL
in the Meghalaya High Court against Iangrai for misusing public funds while purchasing the vehicles for the police department.
On Wednesday, the state government has informed the Meghalaya High Court that steps would be taken to freeze the assets of the accused police official since the “extent of defalcation” has been pegged at over Rs 3 crore.
A police official said that Iangrai has accused a “top police official” for his role in the scam.
“An investigation into Iangrai claims against the top police official would be taken up in due course of time,” the official said.
The CID has seized many incriminating documents, cash and material objects were seized from the residential premises of Iangrai at Lumshyiap, Chanmari, Upper Golf Links, Shillong 1, Official Quarter at Golf Links, and Farm House at Rtiang, Umsning, Ri-Bhoi district.

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