Five BSNL officials have been suspended for their alleged involvement in a fraud case related to a call centre which did not pay a bill of Rs 95 lakh pertaining to international calls made from the ISD booth within a span of 22 days.
The owner of the call centre, Rohit Masiha, who acquired 24 connections allegedly using fake addresses, is still on the run, police said.
Four officials were suspended on Saturday, while engineer BKS Senger, who was holding the post of SDO in the state-run telecom service provider, was suspended as soon as the fraud came into light on July 25, BSNL General Manager A K Bajpai told PTI, adding that the vigilance officers are also investigating the matter.
An FIR was registered against Masiha at Nazirabad police station for using fake addresses and not clearing the bill of Rs 95 lakh.
Masiha had closed down his Vertix Global Call Centre in this industrial city before fleeing, SP (Crime) O P Singh said adding connivance of some senior BSNL officials was suspected in the entire episode.
Preliminary investigations showed the calls were made to various Gulf countries besides Canada, Australia and Italy through landlines and mobile phones, Singh said.
Police were also trying to ascertain whether the calls were made to any suspected terror group or outfit, he said.