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DVAC case against 3 forest dept officials

Press Trust of India  |  Coimbatore 

The DVAC has registered cases against two forest department officials and a for allegedly misappropriating funds meant for an project being implemented in the state with funding from Japan International cooperation agency

The funds in question were allegedly misappropriated from that alloted for Tamil Nadu Biodiversity Project, a massive programme, being implemented by planting seedlings in 32 districts from 2011-19 at an outlay of 668.28 crore.

Barring Chennai, seedlings were being planted in the 31 districts, both the forest areas and open places.

Based on complaints about massive financial irregularities, VAC carried out a probe and found irregularities in some districts, it said in a release.

Investigation revealed that retired given responsibility of the project, along with a former Extention in district, allegedly colluded with a and produced 12 fake bills and vouchers of Rs 10.77 lakh for the project at Pichanur village and misappropriated public funds, police said.

The original FIR was submitted to the Special Judge, here and of Police, Western Range, VCA Chennai, they said.

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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 23:30 IST