Punjab: Lemon scam reported in prison, officer suspended

The action against Gurnam Lal, superintendent of Kapurthala Modern Jail, was taken after jail records showed that about 50 kg of lemons were purchased but inmates claimed that they did not get any

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Saturday, May 07, 2022, 05:49 PM IST
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A jail officer in Punjab was on Saturday suspended over allegations of misusing funds allocated for inmates' diet, including a charge of adding fake entries for purchase of lemons, according to NDTV report.

The action against Gurnam Lal, superintendent of Kapurthala Modern Jail, was taken after jail records showed that about 50 kg of lemons were purchased but inmates claimed that they did not get any.

Fake entries for lemons were added when its prices had skyrocketed last month, as they were being sold around Rs 200 per kg.

When an inspection team visited the jail and the inmates clearly told the team members that they did not get lemons in the ration, the matter was reported.

Following this, Harjot Singh Bains, Punjab Minister for Jails, Mining and Tourism, ordered an inquiry against the jail superintendent. The investigation revealed several irregularities following which Gurnam Lal was suspended, officers said.

After the allegations surfaced, ADGP (Jail) Virendra Kumar sent two senior officers to the jail for a surprise inspection on May 1. The team found that the food served to the inmates was of poor quality and inadequate.

In their report, the probe team also said that there were irregularities in the entries for purchase of vegetables in the jail records.

The jail superintendent had shown a vegetable purchase to meet the demand of 5 days, but the inmates said the quantity was not adequate.

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