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Chargesheet filed against Citibank scam accused

india Updated: Mar 30, 2011 01:00 IST
Sunil Thapliyal

The Gurgaon police have filed a chargesheet in the R400-crore Citibank fraud case against prime accused Shivraj Puri and his associates Sanjay Gupta and Gaurav Jain.

A senior police official said the 5,000-page chargesheet was filed against the accused on Tuesday afternoon. "We submitted the chargesheet in the court," said police commissioner SS Deswal on Tuesday.

Police probe had found that Shivraj Puri, a former relationship manager of Citibank, masterminded the scam, while his accomplice Sanjay Gupta, AVP of a Hero Group entity, sourced out his firm's money to a fraudulent scheme launched by the main accused.

"We have recorded statements of more than 80 witnesses. We have also interrogated many Citibank officials who were sacked by the bank after the police had filed an FIR in the case on December 27," said a police official, on condition of anonymity.

Shivraj Puri was arrested on December 30, while Sanjay Gupta was caught on January 1. Gaurav Jain was arrested in February.

According to legal experts, the police are required to file chargesheet within 90 days of the arrest of the prime accused.

Gurgaon police officials said that during 90 days of investigation, around 37 days were spent in the court process, 20 days were holidays, and the investigation took place in 33 days only.

"We filed a chargesheet against these accused on the same day to avoid the long process of investigation. If the chargesheets were filed separately, it would have consumed more time," said the official.