Kottayam: Consumerfed and Bevco employees are promoting sale of major liquor brands and restricting sale of popular brands like Jawan and Farmer to get higher commissions, the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau has found. The raids at Kottayam Bevco and Consumerfed outlets revealed that the popular brands are not sold despite large stocks of cheaper varieties.
Raids were carried out by a team comprising Vigilance SP V G Vinod, DYSPs -S Suresh Kumar, M K Manoj, A J Thomas, Nishadmon, Rijo P Joseph, Mubarak and Merlin Scaria. There were discrepancies between the bill amounts and the cash at the counter in the Gandhinagar outlet. Only a meager amount of Rs 2,000 was recorded in the damage register whereas the previous months had Rs 20,000 to 25,000 worth of loss.
It has been discovered that employees had taken the liquor and registered it as damaged goods. Other outlets too have similar bogus accounts. It was shown that 50 kg of newspaper was bought on a day-to-day basis for wrapping bottles. However, no newspapers were found here.
Raids were held at Bevco’s Gandhinagar, Pallikkathodu, Chingavanam, Mundakkayam, Kaduthuruthi and Consumerfed’s Pala and Ettumanoor retail outlets.