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.