Gangtok, 14 Jan:
SIMFED Managing Director, Pawan Awasthy, insisted today that all options were explored and expended before an FIR was filed against former CM, Pawan Chamling’s son, Bijay Chamling, in the case involving short-supply of laptops.
“There was no political pressure or any interference on me to lodge an FIR against Bijay Chamling. I was just discharging my duty as the MD of the organization,” insists Mr Awasthy.
“When I joined as the MD in 2017, the matter was already pending there and as per my duty and responsibility I followed it up and tried to communicate with Mr Bijay Chamling and his company through letters and even phone calls regarding the incomplete supply, but no response was received from them,” Mr Awasthy told SummitTimes.
He contended that SIMFED has been sending reminder letters to Mr Bijay Chamling since 2017 and finally sent a legal notice in August 2019 after the reminders fell on deaf ears and finally lodged an FIR earlier this month when even the legal notice went unheeded.
“Mr Bijay Chamling was offered the chance to complete the supply or refund the rest of the money, but he didn’t follow up,” informs Mr Awasthy.
The Human Resource Development Department, for which the laptops were being procured, had been sending letters and reminders to SIMFED regarding the supply and requesting that the supply be completed at the earliest. HRDD has even warned that a case would be filed against SIMFED if the supply was not completed, informed Mr Awasthy.
This is the reason why SIMFED was compelled to lodge an FIR against Mr Bijay Chamling, he said.
“There has been no political pressure or any kind of interference from the government’s side, so people have to understand the situation before commenting on it,” he added.
He explained that the Sikkim State Co-operative Supply and Marketing Federation Ltd. [SIMFED] had lodged an FIR against Mr Bijay Chamling as the owner of Jaynum India which had been awarded with the supply work of supplying computers to HRDD through SIMFED.
The supply work oRs 1.80 crore was awarded to Jaynum India in 2013 for the supply of 364 computers.
The work was provided under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) scheme of the Government of India.
As per the supply order, Jaynum India was to supply the said number of computers to HRDD within three months.
Taking the quickness with which the order had to be completed, SIMFED had advanced Rs 1.77 crore to the company but till date, received only 95 computers against the 364 ordered.
The case is currently under investigation and senior police officials came on record recently to inform that following an anticipatory bail petition moved by Mr Bijay Chamling, the court has directed the police not to take him under custody yet.