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FIR Filed Against Former IAS Om Singh Deshwal and 8 Others for Misappropriation in NGO Funding



Chitrakoot: Legal proceedings have been initiated against the former District Magistrate (DM) and Chief Development Officer (CDO) of Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh, for their alleged involvement in the misappropriation of 18 lakh rupees. The case, filed by the vigilance unit in Jhansi, implicates nine individuals in a scheme that siphoned off government funds intended for development projects.

The NGO’s Registration was cancelled back in 2001.

Investigations revealed that despite the cancellation of its registration in 2001, the NGO, Environment and Rural Development Engineering Service Institute based in Faizabad, continued receiving substantial amounts of government money between January 2003 and March 2004. These funds were allocated for various initiatives under the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS), Sampoorna Rojgar Yojana, and Integrated Rural Development Program (IRDP). However, it was discovered that none of the sanctioned projects were executed, leading to the embezzlement of the allocated funds.

Further Investigation By UP Vigilance Department.

The accused include Om Singh Deshwal, the then DM of Chitrakoot, now residing in Vasant Kunj, Delhi; Bhupendra Tripathi, the former CDO from Sadodarpur, Pratapgarh; Premchand Dwivedi, the former project director of DRDA, residing in George Town, Prayagraj; along with six others from various locations and positions related to the scam.

Inspector Atul Kumar of the Uttar Pradesh Vigilance Establishment in Jhansi, who filed the case, stated that the initial investigation has substantiated the embezzlement charges against the accused. The detailed investigation will be conducted by the Uttar Pradesh Vigilance Department to further unravel the extent of the corruption and proceed with the prosecution.

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