The Supreme Court Bar Association has lodged an FIR with the Tilak Marg Police Station here alleging misappropriation of its funds to the tune of over Rs 4.31 lakh through falsification of its accounts.
SCBA Assistant Secretary CD Singh lodged the FIR on May 18 after the Association’s Executive Committee authorised him in this regard.
The scam was detected on April 14 when the SCBA’s previous Executive Committee came to know that the reconciliation statement of Current Account No. 22 of the Association with UCO Bank was available only up to December 31, 2003 in SCBA office and that the account could not be reconciled during the calendar year 2006 due to the reason that the bank account for the years 2004-05 and 2005-06 had not been reconciled.
In fact, the representative of the Statutory Auditor of SCBA had expressed his inability to provide the working papers relating to calendar years 2004 and 2005 and he could furnish the bank reconciliation statement for the calendar year 2003 only.
Following this, the previous Executive Committee for the year 2006-07 had appointed M/s Dublish and Associates, Chartered Accountants for preparing statement of SCBA’s UCO Bank Account for the calendar years 2004, 2005 and 2006.
The report of M/s Dublish and Associates was presented along with the report of the then Secretary KC Kaushik on May 12 in a joint meeting of outgoing and current Executive Committees of the SCBA.
According to the FIR, Assistant Accountants Simon Verghese and Vinod Kumar and clerk Ramesh Chander issued the receipts, in which manipulations were done. After the receipt of cash by these three persons the cash was handed over to Accountant GC Chopra.
In all the receipts the word ‘cash’ was erased out and bogus cheque numbers were shown and the money misappropriated, the FIR said accusing Chopra of conniving with the other three persons.
The SCBA has "advised" all the four employees to proceed on leave with immediate effect. The staff have been directed not permit the said four persons to either enter the SCBA office or to have access to any records.
Meanwhile, a Patiala House Sessions court on Wednesday dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of Chopra after advocate KK Manan submitted on behalf of the SCBA that the case should be subjected to custodial interrogation.