Acting on the report, the divisional commercial department, in its order tilted “fudge of muster roll at TP/O/MAS as per the news report published in DTNext -regarding”, (copy available with this paper) stated last week that further scrutiny of the muster at the transshipment office reveals that 13 out of 16 staff have also tampered the rolls. The department, which scrutinised the musters from July 16 2016 to September 16, 2016 has specifically listed out the number of occasions on which the staff had tampered the attendances.
Earlier, the department had served suspension orders to three others who had worked in the same office for their alleged involvement in the scam. One of the suspended employees, a female clerk, was even transferred to Kotturpuram station as booking clerk prior to the suspension.
The internal inquiry has also revealed that the musters have not been closed by the concerned supervisor daily. The order, along with which the department had also attached the letter of the office superintendent of station manager at Chennai Central, also stated that no leave letter, claimed to be submitted by the said employees, was traceable at the office of station manager. It could be gleaned from the order that the transshipment office supervisor, who had not certified alterations by his staff, had neither maintained daily duty roster nor indicated the same in the muster roll violating the railway rules.
Southern Railway had earlier sent the musters to the government forensic laboratory in Hyderabad, which had confirmed that they were tampered with. Meanwhile, the commercial managers have issued standard form V to the errant staff who could be even removed from service, if found guilty.