A special CBI court has cancelled the chargesheet filed by the Uttar Pradesh Police in the Rs 6.58 crore provident fund scam case, thus clearing the names of 13 accused in the case.
The investigating agency had taken up the case on the orders of the Supreme Court on September 23, 2008 after hearing a public interest litigation (PIL), which had demanded handing over the case to the agency from the Uttar Pradesh Police.
During the investigations, the CBI discovered that no prosecutable evidence could be found against 41 other judges and judicial officers, as well as 32 private persons, seven class 3 employees and 36 class 4 employees of the District Court, Ghaziabad.
This includes 19 people against whom the local police had filed chargesheet and five persons, who were named in the FIR but not chargesheeted till date.
The CBI has recommended that they should be discharged.
The special CBI court thus rejected the chargesheet filed by the Uttar Pradesh Police.
The CBI’s chargesheet accused 78 people, which included three former judges of the Allahabad High Court and three district judges.
The chargesheet, which was filed in the special court of AK Singh in Ghaziabad, named RP Yadav, RN Mishra and AK Singh, all former judges of Allahabad High court, and RP Mishra, RS Choubey and Arun Kumar, all former district judges of Ghaziabad.
Giving details of the chargesheet, a 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 4 employees of District Court, Ghaziabad, pertaining to general provident fund withdrawal during the period from April 2000 to February 2008.
The withdrawals were made allegedly by submitting forged documents for withdrawing money in the name of GPF of Class 4 employees, the chargesheet said.