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‘Fraud’ secy of SC advocate missing

Sumit Saxena, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 28, 2009
First Published: 00:28 IST(28/11/2009) | Last Updated: 00:32 IST(28/11/2009)

Nine months after Supreme Court senior advocate Harish Salve registered an FIR against his secretary for embezzling funds in excess of Rs. 20 lakh, Delhi Police are yet to trace her.

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Salve, in his complaint, said Garima Taneja working at his office in Poorvi Marg, Vasant Vihar, created several fraud accounts in different banks to transfer the money.

The fraud surfaced when Salve hired a firm to audit the funds being transferred from his account and his also wife’s account.

In the complaint registered in February, he said Taneja created false vouchers and documents to claim the money, which she later transferred to her accounts.

Salve, speaking to HT, said, “The police is simply sitting over the investigations.”

Taneja accepted the fraud before Salve and promised him to return the money. She then disappeared from her residence in Lajpat Nagar, and has been untraceable since then. Salve has alleged that during her tenure from June 2006 to December 2008, Taneja committed many frauds and that the case requires thorough police investigations, to sum up the money she had transferred to her accounts.

A senior police officer, who did not wish to be named, said they were looking into the matter.

Salve also alleged in his complaint that Taneja, in order to cover up her fraud that was under audit, deposited Rs. 5 lakh fraudulently in the account to shield herself from prosecution.

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