The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in a span of two days charge-sheeted over 15 people, including some serving and retired central government employees, in two corruption cases involving over ₹1 crore.
The charge sheets in the cases, one pertaining to fraud in Life Insurance Corporation (LIC)’s money back policy and another over purchase-related irregularities at Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) in Bhopal, were filed before the special CBI court on Thursday and Friday.
Eight of the accused, mostly LIC employees, were charge sheeted in the money back policy fraud case on Thursday. The judge issued arrest warrants against the accused owing to non-appearance in the court.
According to CBI sources, the money back policy fraud case was lodged against the accused in June for withdrawing claim money amounting to ₹6 lakh between 2008 and 2013.
The accused had deposited the siphoned off money into the bank account of a state government peon and later withdrawn the entire amount. The accused were booked in June for corruption, cheating and fraud and criminal conspiracy.
The second case pertained to corruption and fraud in purchase of several items from private suppliers for the BHEL-Bhopal’s residential township project from 2008 to 2013.
Investigations led CBI to unearth the nexus between some BHEL officials and private suppliers. The nexus allegedly led to tampering and manipulation of computerized data of BHEL related to the procurement from private suppliers in the years prior to the fraudulent purchase. The alleged fraud resulted in a loss of around ₹1 crore to BHEL.
Based on the findings, CBI lodged a case of corruption, cheating and fraud and criminal conspiracy against 13 accused, including BHEL officials and employees and at least four individuals linked to the private suppliers.
The 13 accused against whom charge-sheets were submitted in the special CBI court on Friday, include five retired BHEL officials (up to the rank of deputy general manager), four serving BHEL officials and four private suppliers. The court will next hear the case on January 12, CBI sources said.