PU pension scam: Supdt arrested; Bagga’s remand extended

  • Nikhil Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 29, 2015 10:14 IST

On the basis of the statement of the main accused in the Panjab University pension cell fraud case, Pooja Bagga, the police on Monday arrested the superintendent of the cell, Naresh Sabharwal. Bagga had accused Sabharwal as being the mastermind of the scam. The role of finance and development officer Vikram Nayar is now under scanner in the fraud case.

The police will produce Sabharwal in a court on Tuesday.

Submitting another disclosure report in the local court on Friday, the police said that they needed to verify how many officials of the varsity were involved in the scam. The capacity under which Nayar signed the cheques in favour of people who were not entitled is also under scanner.

Cracking the nexus

Economic Offences Wing (EOW) officials claimed that officials of PU, including from the audit department, superintendents and the bank concerned are required to be questioned in front of the accused, Pooja Bagga, in order to crack the nexus.

According to the EOW disclosure report, Bagga claimed that she had made the entry in the cash book as well as in the voucher guard file on the directions of Naresh Sabharwal. “Bagga claimed that Naresh Sabharwal had directed her to commit the fraud by issuing cheques in favour of beneficiaries. Thereafter, she withdrew the money from the said accounts and handed the cash to Sabarwal,” submitted EOW in the court.

13 pages of cash book removed, punched back

University has submitted important documents, cheques, cash books, vouchers, etc to the EOW. “During the investigations, it was discovered that 13 pages (numbered 51 to 63) had been removed and then punched back,” read the disclosure report.

Moreover the cash book was rebound which according to the wing is the most vital document in the fraud. “We need to find the removed pages from the cash book and hence Bagga’s remand is essential,” added the EOW.

Bagga’s remand extended by 3 days

The court extended the police remand of Bagga by three days and directed the police to produce her on Oct 1. The police had sought her six-day remand. The police said they wanted to know the exact year the scam had commenced.

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