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JAKFED officials booked in Rs. 1.24 crore scam

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Jammu, October 22, 2013
First Published: 20:44 IST(22/10/2013) | Last Updated: 20:46 IST(22/10/2013)

Crime Branch, Jammu, registered a case against officials of Jammu and Kashmir Cooperative Supply and Marketing Federation Limited (JAKFED) for preparing fake and forged bills in respect of fertiliser freight charges.

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The case was registered against Sanjeev Sachdeva the then manager, accounts; GL Abrol then general manager; Jog Raj, senior auditor;  Zahoor Ahmed, senior auditor; Ajay Gupta, Naveen Chander and other officials of the JAKFED.

According to reports, a written complaint was lodged by MI Mir president, JAKFED Employees Welfare Association, Jammu, with the crime branch alleging that JAKFED authorities had prepared fake and forged bills in respect of fertiliser freight charges and in this way had swindled an amount of Rs. 1.24 crore.

After this an inquiry was initiated by the crime branch during which it was found that JAKFED authorities had deputed various trucks for transportation of fertilisers from Jammu to various destinations. In a single challan 234 vehicles were shown to have been used for transportation of fertilisers, out of which about 70 vehicles, at random, were identified through RTO/ARTOs.

Out of 70 vehicles, 25 vehicles were identified as cars, motorcycles, scooters, tankers or mopeds etc. which clearly shows that fake bills were prepared and amount thereof was misappropriated.

It has also been found that certain vouchers were passed without the signatures of FA/CAO and that the then accounts manager, Sanjeev Sachdeva, had signed the vouchers as FA/CAO.

Further, the then general manager GL Abrol, senior auditor Jog Raj, senior auditor Zahoor Ahmed, in connivance with Ajay Gupta, Naveen Chander and other employees prepared fake vouchers of Rs. 1.24 crore and withdrew the same fraudulently in order to cause wrongful gains to themselves and loss to the public exchequer.

Based on the outcome of the inquiry, a formal case has been registered in Crime Branch police station, Jammu, under relevant sections against the accused and further investigations are on.

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