A charge sheet was filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), on Monday, against the Hiranandani brothers, Niranjan and Surendra, in connection with the alleged Rs 9.36 crore.provident fund (PF) scam.
The anti-corruption branch (ACB) of the CBI named 26 accused in the over 45,000-page charge sheet filed in a special court for CBI cases. Besides the two brothers, who are directors in the Hiranandani group of companies, four provident fund officers have also been named in the charge sheet.
Two senior officers of the Hiranandani group have also been named.
The charge sheet has been filed under various sections of Indian Penal Code and Prevention of Corruption Act for cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy and abuse of official position by a public servant.
Niranjan Hiranandani said, “I have not read the charge sheet so I do not know what to say. We were told that we would get the charge sheet by October 28.
“But, in the interim bail, the court has observed that the liability of the group towards the Rs 168 crore is proved to be zero. Even if there is a liability, it is of Rs 9 crore, as a principal employee. And, if there is evasion, it is not by Hiranandani, but of contractors, and that is why the CBI has included them as co-accused.”
The CBI had registered an FIR in the case on March 29, 2008.
It alleged that the Hiranandani brothers entered into a criminal conspiracy with some officers of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), for the purpose of cheating and had prepared bogus details of PF contributions of five group companies. The PF contributions were not deposited with the EPFO.
The five firms are Hiranandani Properties Private Limited, Hiranandani Developers Private Limited, Hiranandani Constructions Private Limited, Roma Builders Private Limited and Lake Meadow Hotels and Resorts Private Limited.
Praveen Salunke, deputy inspector general, CBI, ACB, said there are 140 witnesses in the case who are employees of EPFO, some contractors and employees whose PF was deducted but not deposited with the EPFO.