CENTRAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Superintendent of Customs, Motihari (Bihar) and a Computer Operator for demanding & accepting bribe of Rs. 50,000/- from the complainant.
A case was registered against a Superintendent of Customs, Motihari (Bihar) and a Computer Operator on complaint alleging demand of bribe of Rs. 90,000/- which was 30% of seizure value of goods (Rs. 3 lakh) which was seized on 31.12.2021 by Motihari Customs Office and for favourably disposing off the case of the complainant & releasing his seized vehicle.
CBI laid a trap and caught the accused while demanding & accepting bribe of Rs. 50,000/- from the complainant. Searches were conducted at the premises of accused which led to recovery of some incriminating documents.
The arrested accused were produced today before the Competent Court at Patna and were remanded to Judicial Custody.
The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered four separate cases against several Officials of Employees’ Provident Fund Organization, Regional Office, Guntur and others including private persons.
It was alleged that said Public Servants in collusion with private consultants and others were indulging in receiving illegal gratification / undue advantage for showing favour in the official work of EPFO. It was further alleged that the undue advantage in the form of money was obtained through different mobile payment apps such as Paytm, PhonePe and Google Pay etc. It was also alleged that these payments were other than legal remuneration or bonafide fees applicable for any services / claims of EPFO or the dues to be paid to the employee by the Government.
Searches were conducted at the residential & office premises of the accused located at about 40 places in Guntur, Ongole, Chirala, Vijayawada and Guntupally in Andhra Pradesh which led to recovery of certain incriminating documents.
Investigation is continuing.
The Central Bureau of Investigation has recovered cash of Rs. 13.40 lakh (approx) during searches in an on-going investigation of a case related to allegations of fraudulent settlement of EPF claims into bogus accounts.
A case was registered on complaint from EPFO, Head Office, New Delhi against then Senior Social Security Assistant (Sr. SSA); then Social Security Assistant (SSA); then Data Processing Assistant; then three Assistant Provident Fund Commissioners; then Accounts Officer; then Section Supervisor, all working in EPFO, Regional Office, Kandivali-East, Mumbai and Unknown persons. It was alleged that said officials of EPFO entered into a conspiracy with each other & in furtherance of said conspiracy, they had settled fraudulent claims in 712 bogus PF accounts and caused loss to the tune of Rs.18,97,43,150/- (approx) to the EPF corpus maintained by EPFO. It was further alleged that accused adopted a unique modus operandi and created bogus PF accounts in the name of certain persons of closed companies, showed credits of approx. Rs. 2 lakh to 4 lakh against each account and drew the amounts from these accounts by filing fake claims. It was also alleged that the claims were found to be settled to the members with bank accounts in different parts of country.
Searches were conducted at 04 places in Mumbai which led to recovery of incriminating documents. A cash of Rs. 10 lakh (approx) from the premises of then Section Supervisor and Rs. 3.40 lakh (approx) from the premises of then Social Security Assistant were also recovered.
Investigation is continuing.