Police accuse PU authorities of not cooperating in investigation

  • Nikhil Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 26, 2015 10:06 IST

The police have accused the Panjab University authorities of delaying the investigations by not co-operating fully with them in the pension cell fraud case.

Submitting the disclosure report in the court on Friday, the police said that important documents sought from Panjab University and concerned bank have still not been supplied to them by the varsity.

The police submitted, “There are some documents, text books, cheques, cash books, vouchers, etc, which carry the handwritings of varsity officials other than main accused Pooja Bagga. The officials of the university and concerned bank are required to be questioned in front of Bagga to crack the nexus.”

According to the police, specimen signatures of accused Pooja Bagga from the varsity records are required but the same could not be obtained as the university authorities have still not provided them the main records.

Police officials told the court that varsity officials had cited that the records sought by the police were there in the file handed over to the cops with regard to internal investigations carried out by the varsity.

The police have also slammed the bank that the varsity dealt with, saying the information provided to them was not complete and there was need for in-depth investigations and questioning of bank officials to establish involvement of officials, if any.

The court on Friday extended the remand of Pooja by three days on police’s request, which had sought her custody for seven days, saying that forged vouchers and other documents were yet to be recovered. Bagga’s husband and brother-in-law, however, have been sent to judicial custody.

The court directed the police to present her in the court on September 28.

“The accused had stated that her associates were in Kandaghat, Himachal Pradesh, and the tower locations established what she was saying. However, when the said place was raided, the target had moved. Now, the accused has disclosed that her accomplices, who were in possession of the misappropriated money and fabricated vouchers, were in Delhi and Ghaziabad,” said the police.

Advocate Ajay Sood, representing PU, said, “The police needed to dig deeper to expose the nexus, if any, between the main accused and other officials.” While the FIR mentions the quantum of the fraud at Rs 1.63 crore, the PU status report pegged it at more than Rs 2 crore.

Hinting at the involvement of other PU officials, Bagga in her bail application accused her superior Naresh Sabharwal of enticing her to do the wrongs. She termed him as the “mastermind” of the scam.

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