Imphal, Jan 22
An Executive Engineer of the State Public Works Department (PWD), NE Council was caught in camera while taking bribe from a sub contractor for releasing contract work Bill.
The video captured during the incident was uploaded by the contractor identified as L. Roger from Luwangsangbam Awang Leikai in Imphal West district at social networking site Facebook. Minutes after the video has been uploaded it went viral with many people sharing it.
As per the video the Executive Engineer of the PWD, NEC identified as N. Joykumar received a sum of Rs. 1 (One) lakh for releasing the Bill amount.
Imphal Times track the contractor who had uploaded the video and finally contact him and interview regarding the matter.
The contractor L. Roger while talking to Imphal Times said that he uploaded the video after asking the Anti Corruption Cell. He said he did the contract work for IT road at Tamei under a firm owned by one Special Contractor L. Mani from Thangmeiband.
Roger said that the estimated cost of the work is Rs. 6crore 53 lakhs. Almost all the work has been completed except some part due to frequent landslide, but the Bill was withdrawn by the EE N. Joykumar on March 2018 from the North East Council (NEC).
On being asked on why he recorded the video and uploaded it at Facebook, Roger said that it was not the first time that the EE has been asking money. Every time the EE took from Rs. 50,000/ to Rs. 2 lakh as bribe for writing bill.
He also said that EE Joykumar, asked the money not for him but for others who are superior to him.
“Seems like what we are working is for them. They sit in the table and we went to hills and interior part of the state to work and they asked money for writing the Bill”, Roger said.
Roger further added that the matter has been complained to the Anti-Corruption cell.
Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents.
Kim Gazal Tuesday, 22 January 2019 17:34 Comment Link
Imphal Times, this is absolute bad journalism!! Do you even know what a rogue Roger is? First, verify your news!! Facebook is not a source you should be going to! OMG. You have helped this criminal Roger defame someone innocent!!