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CBI raids residences of four BHEL officers in Rs 1.5 crore fraud case

BHOPAL: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided residential premises of seven people including four senior officers of Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited (BHEL) at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh in connection with an alleged fraud of Rs 1.5 crore.

Those raided were BHEL’s senior manager YD Pawar, Naman Mukul, Nilesh Kohli and DK Joshi. Proprietors of Shankar Machinery Store and Keshav traders were also raided, said sources.

CBI Bhopal branch had registered a case against four officers of BHEL and against the local businessmen on the complaint that during 2008-13 they entered into criminal conspiracy and in furtherance of the said conspiracy they managed to manipulate the material management computer system to facilitate excess payment against purchase orders favouring the above vendors who submitted inflated bills matching with the manipulated data, thereby causing a loss of Rs 59.8 lakh to BHEL.

It’s also alleged that another inflated bill amounting to Rs 1 crore was also generated by these accused persons, but the matter surfaced before the bills could be processed. An anonymous complaint was rooted to the BHEL’s chief vigilance officer (CVO) who after initial investigations forwarded a complaint to the CBI for further action.

Various incriminating documents seized during the searches which are under scrutiny. A search conducted at residential premises of one of the accused persons has prima facie revealed assets disproportionate to known sources of income. CBI conducted searches after obtaining warrant from the court of special judge CBI Bhopal.