The anti-corruption branch of the Central Bureau of Investigation has booked a former general manager of Air India Ltd (AI) for cheating the company to the tune of Rs1.4 crore.
According to a press note issued by the agency, the then general manager (In flight service department) Anil Kumar Sharma, who retired last month, colluded with M/s Eros International media Limited and cheated the company by fraudulently charging AI for a duration much more than the actual duration of the programmes supplied for AI flights.
The CBI said that Sharma approved the bills raised by M/s Eros without verifying them. A senior CBI official, on condition of anonymity, said that between 2007 to 2010, M/S Eros provided video clips for programmes to AI, but billed it for extra duration and claimed multiple payments for the same clips. “They would charge for 30-minute duration while the clip would be of 22 minutes,” he said.
The CBI said that it conducted searches for last two days at six places including three offices of M/s Eros at Mumbai and three residential premises of Sharma at Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Defence Colony, New Delhi. The CBI said it found incriminating documents from these locations.
CBI has found that Sharma and his family members have several bank accounts and three lockers in Mumbai, New Delhi and Chandigarh and Sharma recently purchased a flat in Defence Colony. The CBI further said it suspects AI lost out almost Rs3 crore in the fraud. “We are investigating further,” the CBI said.