The Economic Offences Wing of Chandigarh Police on Wednesday filed the charge sheet in the district court in connection with the Rs 2.08-crore Panjab University Pension Cell fraud.
Police have named eight people as accused in the charge sheet — main accused Pooja Bagga, her husband Jatinder Singh, brother-in-law Baljinder Singh (Jatinder’s brother), Bagga’s sister-in-law Paramjit Kaur and brother-in-law Ravi Kumar (Parmjit’s husband), mother Sarita Devi, father Sampuran Singh and pension cell’s assistant superintendent Naresh Sabharwal. The police have invoked Sections 498 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery), 471(using as genuine a forged document or electronic record), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 201(causing disappearance of evidence) and 120B (concealing design to commit offence punishable with imprisonment) of the IPC against the accused.
The only individuals who worked for the varsity are Pooja Bagga, who was a dailywage clerk and Naresh Sabharwal, who was serving as a superintendent in the pension cell.
In the charge sheet, the police have claimed that Bagga got the cheques signed fraudulently by showing old vouchers which were passed by the audit in the previous financial year. She then credited the money to the accounts of her relatives, including mother and father, the charge sheet said.
Police said Bagga had admitted to misappropriation of Rs 91.67 lakh before her arrest on September 21 and depositing the money in bank accounts of her kin in four instalments. Of this sum, Rs 7.76 lakh was transferred from her account.
On the role of Naresh Sabharwal, the police said Bagga had alleged that she misappropriated the funds in connivance with Sabharwal. The EOW claimed to have obtained some ‘crucial records’ from the university to support the charges.
Police said that when promoted as a superintendent, Sabharwal had passed orders stating that Pooja Bagga would work under his direct supervision despite the fact that senior assistant Amarjeet Singh was also in the pension cell at that time.
Police further added that the amount misappropriated from the pension cell was hefty. More than 50 cheques were used to execute the fraud. Before sending the cheques to the bank, there was a procedure to send text files containing the information of beneficiaries’ accounts and these were signed by Sabharwal. Without the text files, cheques would not have been encashed, added the police.
It further contended that the forged vouchers as well as disputed vouchers through which the embezzlement took place had the signatures of Sabharwal. Sabharwal was arrested on September 28.
However, Sabharwal had claimed that he was the whistleblower in the fraud, and was implicated falsely.
Police claimed that the role of senior varsity officials was still under scanner.
Police submitted a list of over 25 witnesses in the case.
The police have invoked Sections 498 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery), 471(using as genuine a forged document or electronic record), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) and 120B (concealing design to commit offence punishable with imprisonment) of the IPC against the accused
Pooja Bagga (Main accused)
Jatinder Singh (Bagga husband)
Baljinder Singh (Jatinder’s brother),
Paramjit Kaur (Jatinder’s sister)
Ravi Kumar (Parmjit’s husband)
Sarita Devi (Bagga’s mother)
Sampuran Singh (Bagga’s father)
Naresh Sabharwal (Pension cell’s assistant superintendent)
(All accused are in jail)
2015-16 Rs 91.5 lakh
2014-15 Rs 71.74 lakh
2013-14 Rs 45.5 lakh
Total Rs 2.08 crore