After a gap of two years the CBI today conducted coordinated nationwide anti-corruption drive, covering various PSUs, CPOs and revenue department officers. All the 16 Zones of the agency coordinated their efforts and booked 67 cases. From the Revenue Department, just one ITO was raided during the operation.

In Delhi, 8 cases were registered in Special Crimes (Hqrs) Zone relating to Forged Scheduled Tribes Certificates. Employees of different government/PSUs had secured jobs on the basis of these forged certificates. Departments covered were, Income Tax, Doordarshan, Delhi Jal Board, C.I.S.F and Oriental Insurance Company Ltd etc. Searches were conducted at the official and residential premises of the officials. Some incriminating documents were also seized.

ACB Delhi has conducted searches at 12 places of the accused 3 JEs & 2 Superintending Engineers (retired). These JEs/Superintending Engineers caused undue advantage of more than Rs. one crore to the contractor and corresponding loss to the Delhi Development Authority during 2003-2005. During searches, 6 bank lockers were found in possession of the accused public servants. So far one locker has been searched from which Rs. 9,72,000/- cash, 10 gold biscuits, 29 gold coins, and 810 grams of gold jewellery have been recovered. The cash available in the bank accounts is around Rs. 60 lakhs. Searches of other lockers are still being continued.

The Economic Offences Zone is conducting searches in several places at Delhi, Chattisgarh, Katni (MP), Punjab, UP, Bangalore, Nagaland, Jind (Haryana), Bangalore, Rookri (Utrakhand) in 7 separate cases involving data theft, supply of sub standard quality of dolomite to Bokaro Steel Plant, causing undue loss to the Vijaya Bank to the tune of Rs.1,33,70,645/ – by proprietor of a Punjab based firm, cheating the Punjab National Bank by violating overall credit facility by another firm, several irregularities in the accounts by not creating any stocks hypothecated to the bank, enhancing the credit facility of the bank without obtaining any collateral securities and obtaining loan fraudulently on production of forged receipts and records to the Punjab National Bank.

Similarly CBI has also conducted raids in special drives today in other parts of India.

The cases have been reported from Delhi Zone (4), Bhopal Zone (2), Lucknow Zone (8), Chandigarh Zone (4), Patna Zone (4), Kolkata Zone (2), Gauwhati Zone (3), Chennai Zone (5), Hyderbad Zone (3), Mumbai-1 Zone (5), Mumbai-2 (1) Zone, Anti Corruption Zone (3), Economic Offences Zone (8), B&FC Zone (6), Special Crime Zone (8), STF (1).

It has also been decided that countrywide SMS campaign will be unleased for a fortnight from now, to elicit detailed information about these cases and to seek information on fresh cases.

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