Inspirational real story from my experience as Sub Divisional Inspector of Post Offices.
I would like to share with you my experience as Sub Divisional Inspector of Post Offices in a case of verification of one LTC Bill of one Postman.
It was somewhere in the year 1989…during my tenure as Sub Divisional Inspector of Post Offices of one Sub division from 1987 to 1991..one LTC Bill of one Postman was sent to me by the Divisional Office for verification .
The special reference for verification was that the postman concerned( Hereinafter called as Sri A )had not submitted a few bus tickets for the break journeys from Bangalore to kollur or so.
The claim of Sri A was for the journey from the Head Quarters to Bangalore ….kollur and back to the Head Quarters for 3 persons Self , his wife and his son.
I visited that S.O and enquired with Sri A about the wanting tickets. He emphatically stated that he had misplaced those tickets and requested for sanction of his Bill based on the details and other main tickets.His statement was recorded accordingly.
My confidential enquiries however pointed something fishy in this case.
One postal assistant of that office was chatting with me when we were going towards Bus Stop after the close of the office.
He is well known to sri A and A’s family.
He had jocularly and at the same time seriously quipped like this.
“Sir , Don’t believe this guy’s words,(Sri A)
His wife and his son had not accompanied Sri A for the journey .He had taken his
Paramour(Lady friend)and her brother (with comparable ages) in the place of his wife and son.”
I had not reacted to this .
I didn’t think it wise to confront Sri A without any evidence. I slept over the matter for about 2 days ,with my mind working on the ways for bringing out the truth.How to detect and show that both the wife and son of Sri A were physically available in the HQRS place during the LTC journey period(some 4 days or so)?
A flash of thought in my mind. I know that the son of Sri A was engaged every now and then as coolie messenger for delivery of telegrams and inward phone call(pp calls)slips ….in that S.O. Not only that he had worked as leave substitutes in the
.leave vacancies of regular ED Agents(now GDS).
The Records of leave letters leave sanction orders for the leave granted to the ED Agents are maintained in my office(O/O THE SUB DIVISIONAL INSPECTOR).
Hence the job was easier for me.
Thoroughly checked the records pertaining to the Branch Offices under that S.O covering the journey period especially.
It was seen from the records that the son of Sri A had worked as substitute of one ED Agent in a B.O under that S.O ..in the
Leave vacancy for a short spell being a part of the LTC Journey period.
Visited that S.O (readily keeping the relevant records in my possession).
Also took possession of the S.O records ….telegrams delivery register ..
delivery slips and phone call register.It was found from these registers that the son of Sri A has delivered telegrams and phone call slips on a few days which also covered the LTC Journey period.
Recorded the statement of the son of Sri A in the presence of the SPM , by putting questions with reference to all the above mentioned records.
He had clearly stated that he had worked at the B.O ,that he delivered telegrams and call slips on the days as shown in the records , that he had taken payment of the
Wages/salary for his work as substitute EDAgent and received the coolie charges for delivery of telegrams …. phone calls slips , that he was in the HQRS place during all those days and that he did not accompany his father for any LTC JOURNEY during the said period.
Finally enquired Sri A and recorded his statement on interrogation method ,putting questions based on the documentary evidence with reference to the
above mentioned records and the statement of his own son.
One of the questions is:..
..How could your son come with you for your journey upto Bangalore and kollur when he was very much available inthe HQRS and when he had worked at the S.O and one B.O.?
He was cornered with documentary evidence based -interrogation and this made him to spill the beans atlast (came out with truth).
The said Sri A had admitted/confessed that he had not taken along with him his wife and son for the LTC Journey,and that he had actually taken his lady friend and her brother (in substitution of his wife and son).
Thus this is a clear case of fraudulent misuse of LTC on the part of Sri A. Postman.
I had submitted a detailed report to the Divisional Head.
The message that flows from this case is :…..we already know this message.
” Documentary evidence is essential to detect and get the truth in the matter of investigation of cases.:”