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NCB ex-director Saji Mohan, junior convicted of embezzling Rs 13.8 lakh

Former Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) director and dismissed Jammu and Kashmir-cadre IPS officer Saji Mohan and NCB superintendent Balwinder Kumar were on Tuesday held guilty of misappropriating Rs 13.85 lakh that were seized in drug busts during Mohan's posting in Chandigarh.

chandigarh Updated: Mar 04, 2014 23:54 IST

Former Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) director and dismissed Jammu and Kashmir-cadre IPS officer Saji Mohan and NCB superintendent Balwinder Kumar were on Tuesday held guilty of misappropriating `13.85 lakh that were seized in drug busts during Mohan's posting in Chandigarh.

Additional district and sessions judge Najar Singh will pronounce the sentence on March 7. Mohan and Balwinder were earlier on March 11, 2013, sentenced to 13-year jail terms in a drug-pilferage case. "A receipt bearing signatures of Mohan helped prove the allegations that the said amount was handed over to him by Balwinder," said public prosecutor Jagmohan Singh after the verdict.

"I do not want to say anything," Mohan said after the conviction. He was seen offering silent prayers just before the court pronounced the order. Balwinder's eyes swelled with tears after hearing the order and he too refrained from talking to media.

THE CASE

UT police had booked the two men on January 30, 2009. Balwinder had handed over the `13.85 lakh, which was part of a case property, to Mohan on December 22, 2008, for depositing the amount in a bank. However, the money was never deposited.

The embezzlement came to light after Mohan was arrested by the anti-terrorism squad of Mumbai police with 12-kg heroin.

Following Mohan's arrest in Mumbai, an internal inquiry by the NCB in Chandigarh had helped bust the embezzlement and a police case was registered on a complaint by the NCB's malkhana (store room) in-charge RC Bodh. Balwinder's name too cropped up in the case. The receipt and the noting sheet of the money were seized during NCB's inquiry carried out after Mohan's arrest by the ATS.

DEFENCE
The court did not find weight in Mohan's defence that signatures on the receipt were copied and traced, and he had never signed any such receipt or received the said amount. Mohan had also denied taking any money. He had claimed that he being an IPS officer would not carry money for depositing it in the bank.

Balwinder's defence that Mohan was his boss and could not disobey his order of handing over the amount to him, too, failed to impress the court.


Saji Mohan (profile)
Son of a former army officer, Saji Mohan was a veterinary doctor and made it to the Indian Police Services in 1995. He was posted in terrorism-afflicted state of Jammu and Kashmir for 10 years before joining the NCB at Chandigarh. He has been conferred with the President's Award for gallantry and was even sent on UN duty for two years.

Convicted for
Section 409 (Criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker, merchant or agent)
Section 120 B (criminal conspiracy)
Section 13 (i) (prevention of corruption)

(SEPARATE SUBHEAD IN BOX)
Balwinder Kumar, former NCB superintendent
Convicted for
Section 409 (Criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker, merchant or agent)
Section 120 B (criminal conspiracy)

RULEBOX
Saji Mohan to stay in Burail jail
Saji Mohan who was brought from Mumbai jail, is likely to be kept at Burail jail. Mohan, who is facing trial in a drug case registered by the Mumbai police's anti-terror squad, may later be shifted later on request of Mumbai jail authorities.

Timeline
January 30, 2009: Police register case of misappropriation from NCB malkhana
June 10: Chargesheet filed
Aug 20: Charges framed against Balwinder
February 26, 2011: Charges framed against Saji Mohan
March 4, 2014: Court convicts Saji Mohan and Balwinder
March 7: Quantum of sentence likely to be pronounced