The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has returned the 30-million-baht lottery ticket scam case file to the Crime Suppression Division and recommended the latter to forward the case to the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) as the case involved a senior police officer.
OAG deputy spokesman Trumph Jalichandra told a press conference today (April 18) that as the OAG had set up a panel to review the case after receiving the case file from the CSD police on April 3.
According to the CSD police, school teacher Preecha Kraikruan and lottery vendor Rattanaporn Suphathip were accused of filing false complaint about the loss of five first-prize winning lottery tickets.
The two were also allegedly supported former Kanchanaburi police chief Pol Maj-Gen Sutthi Puangpikul to commit dereliction of duty.
Pol Maj-Gen Sutthi was reported to have tried to mediate the conflict over the lottery tickets between Mr Preecha and Pol Lt Charoon Wimoon, by suggesting the retired police officer to split the 30 million baht prize money half-half between him and the school teacher. But Pol Lt Charoon shot down the mediation offer.
Mr Trumph said since the case involved the senior police officer, the OAG panel resolved that the case is under the jurisdiction of the NACC.
The OAG, therefore, returned to the case file to the CSD to consider submitting the case to the NACC.
As for Mr Preecha and Ms Rattanaporn, who have been released on bail, Mr Trumph said the two were now free as detention period sought by the CSD expired today (April 18).