Two MTNL workers in dock for SIM card scam
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Thursday remanded two Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) employees to judicial custody. The duo was arrested for allegedly forging documents and misappropriating around Rs85 lakh.
The CBI Anti Corruption Wing arrested KC Mohandas, general manager and Pradeep Mogha, former assistant general manager of MTNL following a complaint registered in August 2010. The CBI also arrested two distributors Ravindra Belloria and Praveen Agarwal, remanded in police custody for four days.
Special public prosecutor Kavita Patil told the court that the duo fudged documents for an MTNL scheme called ‘SIM-75’. Mohandas and Mogha allegedly submitted forged documents under fake names claiming they were customers wanting to enroll in the SIM-75 scheme. Several SIM cards were then activated for which the dealers Belloria and Agarwal claimed commissions.
The two MTNL employees were running the scam since 2008, the CBI claimed. “The estimated loss to MTNL is about Rs85 lakh,” argued Patil.
Defence counsel Satish Maheshinde contended the two were falsely implicated and they had filed for bail.
The accused, Ashu, a resident of Panipat’s Nara village, killed the victims, reportedly his friends, between 8pm and 4am and travelled around 60km from the first crime scene in Matlauda of Panipat to Titawi in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli. The victims are Sonu, 26, who was working with a private contractor in a cement factory, and his two friends -- Monu, 25, of Nara village and Rakesh, 27, of Bhalsi village.
The Delhi government introduced the Happiness curriculum in 2018, Entrepreneurship mindset curriculum in 2019 and the Deshbhakti curriculum last year with the aim of inculcating problem-solving approaches among students and making them more self-aware, self-confident and socially responsible.
While the LG appreciated the work done at Indraprastha and Pul Prahladpur, he was displeased at the drainage system at Minto Bridge, flagging “technical flaws” in the drainage system and warned that engineers concerned “will be held responsible and strict action will be taken in the event of waterlogging at the site.”
BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar said the MLAs were informed about the election process for upcoming election for Speaker’s post. “They were told that the election will be held through a voice vote or they may have to stand up to vote for their candidate if asked,” said Mungantiwar.
The weather department classifies rainfall between ‘trace’ and 2.4 mm as ‘very light rainfall’, as ‘light rainfall’ when it is between 2.5 mm and 15.5 mm, as ‘moderate’ rainfall when it is between 15.6 mm and 64.4 mm and as ‘heavy’ when it is over 64.5 mm in a single day.