What is more baffling is that the files were stolen from a high-security zone – the Vidhana Soudha.

 

The RDPR department in recent months has come under fire for the alleged misuse of ₹4,500 crore in RDPR bank accounts. In another case, the department gave the tenders for a water testing lab to one single company. Following this HK Patil, Minister of RDPR had constituted a committee to investigate the department over the corruption charges.

 

The minister, who was apprised about the “missing files” on May 5, now has asked the RDPR officials to find the “file thief” at the earliest, else a police complaint will be lodged. “It is shocking that important files in the department have gone missing just when the higher authorities were about to take a final decision. There were files which are related to some major and important schemes/projects. The additional chief secretary to the department should conduct an inquiry and submit a report. If the file thief is not caught soon, a police complaint has to be filed.”

 

The issue of “file theft” also has now raised concerns over the security measures inside government offices. A mysterious fire recently in the office of Land Revenue department destroyed dozens of important files. The lock of one of the offices inside Vidhana Soudha was also found broken recently.