The CBI, on Saturday, filed the chargesheet in the infamous Provident Fund scam of Ghaziabad courts against 78 people including three former judges of Allahabad High Court and three district judges.
The chargesheet, filed in the special court of A K Singh in Ghaziabad, named R P Yadav, R N Mishra and A K Singh, all former judges of Allahabad High court, and R P Mishra, R S Choubey and Arun Kumar, all former district judges of Ghaziabad.
Giving details of the chargesheet, CBI spokesman said in a release that the agency's probe concluded that 781 treasury cheques amounting to Rs 7.92 crore were issued in the names of Class-IV employees of District Court, Ghaziabad, pertaining to General provident fund withdrawal during the period from April 2000 to February 2008. Out of 781 instances, 482 treasury cheques amounting to Rs 6.58 crore were found to have been drawn fraudulently, the chargesheet said.
CBI claimed to have found that during the period 2001-08 the then bill clerk of the district Ashutosh Asthana (since dead), allegedly entered into a criminal conspiracy with six district Judges and 71 "fraudulently and dishonestly" withdrew Rs 6.58 crore from the District Treasury as GPF withdrawals.
The withdrawals were made allegedly by submitting fake and forged documents for withdrawing money in the name of GPF of Class-IV employees, the chargesheet said. The chargesheet was filed under 120-B (criminal conspiracy), cheating and forgery and Prevention of corruption Act against 77 people. Asthana was mentioned in column two as he had died.