Sadar police have arrested Nagpur Municipal Corporation Accounts Officer Rajesh Meshram in connection with the stationery scam. Meshram, was already suspended, owing to the cleared bills of bogus contracts.
Meshram is the senior-most official after Chief Accounts and Finance Officer Vijay Kolhe in NMC’s Accounts and Finance Department. He is the first officer of NMC to be arrested in the case.
Meshram was among four staffers who were suspended on December 15. A Departmental Enquiry (DE) has been started against him. Till date a total of five arrest have been made in the case.
Contractor Padmakar Kolba’ Sakode, his nephew Atul, Auditor of Accounts and Finance Department Mohammed Afaque Ahmed, and senior clerk of General Administration Department (GAD) Mohan Padwanshi were arrested earlier.
The Chief Accounts and Finance Officer Vijay Kolhe and Assistant Commissioner of GAD Mahesh Dhamecha are also facing the Departmental Enquiry in the scam. A committee of three Standing Committee members has been constituted. BJP Corporator Sanjay Balpande is Chairman, with BJP Corporator Pragati Patil and Congress Corporator Asha Uikey as members and will investigate all contracts approved in the last five years within 15 days and submit report before the Standing Committee.