300 Delhi judges under scanner for laptop scam

Some 300 Delhi lower-court judges are under the scanner for alleged financial irregularities in the purchase of computers and laptops from funds provided by the government and Delhi high court in 2013. A panel comprising 3 High Court judges has been appointed by Delhi high court chief justice G Rohini to look into how the money was spent by each judge. Under the scheme each judge was sanctioned Rs.1.1 lakh to upgrade their computers, giving them the freedom to opt for computers, laptops or iPads, so their efficiency in disposal of cases improved. The defaulting judges have now been issued memos asking for detailed explanations on how they spent the money. The irregularities surfaced during a routine vigilance inquiry, and when the evidence was shown to the chief justice and other senior judges including the computer committee, it raised alarm bells. One source says it emerged some of the accused may have bought TVs or home theatre systems from the sanctioned sum instead. If the allegations are proved it may lead to the guilty judges' dismissal from service because of financial fraud or providing fake documents. The Delhi government extended a similar scheme for its City bureaucrats who were empowered to buy computers and related equipment with the sum allocated.