The Kutch police on Wednesday arrested Bhuj taluka development officer M V Rao in connection with the Rs 84-lakh scam under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) in Juna village.
While a complaint in this regard was registered against three persons, including Juna village postmaster Suleman Mod in April, investigations by the Local Crime Branch has revealed alleged role of several top-level officials from the postal department and collectorate.
“A Bhuj taluka panchayat technical officer, irrigation department deputy executive engineer and three postal department officials were involved (in the scam),” said a police officer.
The scam had surfaced during an audit of NREGS project bills by the Bhuj taluka head post office, in which irregularities were found in 37 bills. Investigations revealed that seven of these bills were signed by the technical officer and the rest by the deputy executive engineer.