Udaipur : An employee of the District and Session Court at Dungarpur who was accused of fraud and misappropriation of public fund, shocked everyone on Friday when he surrendered before the court with bags full of old and new currencies amounting to a whooping 74.85 Lakh rupees. However, the surrender act didnt work for the accused who was taken away by the police and on saturday sent to police remand for detailed investigation.
Pankaj Chaubisa had been an assistant Nazir (treasurer) at the district court until 2010. He was promoted as Nazir and remained in post till 2014. During these four years, he had been responsible to maintain the accounts and funds received from the subordinate courts in form of penalties and fees. ” A total of 1 crore 8 lakh 65 thousand rupees was received by him, however, he only deposited a sum of 4 lakh 65 thousand to the court treasury while the remaining amount was withheld by him” Gajendra Singh Rao, SHO Kotwali police station told Udaipur Kiran.
When the authorities came to know about the fraud, an FIR was lodged by the court official on Thursday at Kotwali PS. When Choubisa came to know about the complaint, finding no way to escape and evade an arrest, he planned to surrender before the court itself. On Friday morning, at 10 o clock Choubisa arrived at the court with money bags. When cops came to know about it, a team went to the court and took Choubisa and the bags to the police station. Cops were shocked to find large number of old currencies including 500 and 1000 denominations. The counting task carried on till late night. A sum of 74.85 lakh was counted from the bags, the accused was produced before the court on saturday and taken in police remand, the SHO said. ” We will further interrogate him to find how he took away the money and stocked at home. More details like where and how he spend the public fund etc would be known later” the officer said .