CBI initiate enquiry against DAVP officials for newspaper ad fraud worth around Rs 65 lakh
The unnamed officials allegedly placed government ads in newspapers that are no longer in circulation
Media reports say that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has initiated an enquiry against some officials of Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity (DAVP) for allegedly placing government ads in out-of-circulation newspapers. Two others who are unrelated to the organisation have also come under the scanner.
Reports say that the officials conspired with owners of newspapers that have either minimal circulation or shut shop long ago.
A nation-wide crackdown led by vigilance officers in August 2019 targeting various governmental departments like DAVP, led to the discovery of the fraud. Officials discovered irregularities in the ads placed between 2016-2019.
The said newspapers claimed they were still in circulation, printing around 100 copies to swindle the government officials into believing they were a legitimate publication that was still in circulation. The fraud is said to have caused a loss of Rs 65 lakh to the exchequer.
Reports quoted a CBI officer who claimed that an FIR will be registered if the enquiry finds further incriminating evidence.
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