The defence counsel of Pooja Bagga, the main accused in the Rs 1.63 crore Panjab University pension cell scam, on Thursday indicated that high-rank PU officials were involved in the fraud. Urging the local district court to accept his client's anticipatory bail, lawyer AS Gujral argued that a daily-wage clerk like Bagga could not have carried out a scam of such high scale.
Bagga had applied for anticipatory bail on Wednesday claiming that her two-year-old child and mentally challenged siblings were depended on her. Officials of the Panjab University had accused Bagga of carrying out the scam by re-using the vouchers after the beneficiaries were paid.
Officials claimed that Bagga used hers and her relatives account numbers to deposit the cheques. Gujral said that the possibility of PU authorities being involved the fraud could not be ruled out. He submitted before the court that Bagga had already paid the amount allegedly misappropriated by her and hinted that investigation should be carried out to find higher officials involved in the rip-off.
The court has directed the police to file a reply against Bagga's anticipatory bail application by September 15.