A local court on Friday granted bail to Naresh Sabharwal and Jatinder Singh, who are among the eight accused chargesheeted in the Panjab University pension cell fraud case. Sabharwal is the superintendent at the PU pension cell, while Jatinder is the husband of main accused Pooja Bagga.
They were asked to furnish a bail bond of Rs 60,000 each.
Sabharwal had filed the bail application on November 3, claiming that he was the whistleblower in the fraud and had been falsely implicated. He stated that he neither transferred any money in the accounts of his relatives nor withdrew the same. He also claimed that he didn’t sign any of the cheques used to pilfer the money.
Counsel of Sabharwal on November 6 had raised before the court question mark over the investigation conducted by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) into the fraud. Questions were also raised over EOW not taking action against finance development officer (FDO) Vikram Nayyar, who according to Sabharwal, was the one whose signs had appeared on the cheques.
Police had strongly opposed the bail plea of Sabharwal, bringing on record the fact that when he was promoted as superintendent, he had passed orders stating that Pooja Bagga would work under his direct supervision whereas senior assistant Amarjeet Singh was available in pension cell.