TEA NEWS & CRIME WATCH: Cheat slur on garden directors – where did all the earnings go, pure mismanagement and corruption, filing for bankruptcy ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT
Jaigaon, Oct. 14: Jaigaon police today started suo motu criminal cases against two senior officials of the company that owns Dalsinghpara Tea Estate for non-payment of puja bonus to the staff and sub-staff members.
Hullash Kumar Jain and Sushil Kumar Jain, the director and the financial director of the Octavious Tea and Industry Limited respectively, were charged under Sections 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 420 (cheating) of the IPC.
“A case was today filed against two officials of the company for non-payment of bonus to some employees of the garden,” said Anup Jaiswal, the additional superintendent of police of Alipurduar.
The situation in the garden located between Jaigaon and Hashimara along Saarc Road was tense over the past few days because of the delay in the payment of bonus to the workers. During a meeting in Calcutta on September 18, the management of Dalsinghpara garden had agreed to pay the bonus at 19 per cent to 2,300 employees who included staff and sub-staff members.
“However, as the management had not disbursed the bonus on time, the workers had blocked the Saarc Road three times on Monday and Tuesday. The police had to resort to lathi-charge to disperse the agitators,” said Tulsi Chhetri, a sub-staff member. “Finally, the management disbursed the bonus yesterday but only to the workers, who got Rs 100 less because of shortage of funds.”
According to sources, the company needed Rs 76,49,595 to pay bonus to the 2,200-odd workers, 16 staff and 114 sub-staff members. While around Rs 64 lakh was disbursed among the workers yesterday, the management could not raise Rs 12 lakh to pay the bonus to the staff and the sub-staff members.
“As the registered office of the company is in Calcutta and the two officials stay there, we plan to send a team there to arrest them,” said a police officer.
Suhrid Majumdar, a lawyer in Alipurduar, said the sections under which Hullash and Sushil had been charged are non-bailable.
Subhasish Kar, the manager of Dalsinghpara, said he had resigned on October 7 and was waiting for his replacement. “I have been instructed by the company to wait till the new manager reaches the estate. Whatever money I got yesterday was disbursed among the workers. I have no clue as to when the others would be paid the bonus,” he said. The Jains could not be contacted.